Englewood Parks and Recreation Department received notice of approval of their application for a $250,000 Arapahoe Open Space grant to be used to build a turf practice field in partnership with the school district.
“One of the athletic fields in Hosanna Sports north of Englewood High School was lost when the softball field was built,” said Joe Sack, Recreation Services Manager. “The field was heavily used by the school district, recreation department and the public. We began looking for a way to replace it and the result is this plan.”
The new turf field will be built in the area north of the Englewood High School Stadium.
“That field was just a field. There were a lot of weeds and the turf didn't grow very well,” Sack said. “It was uneven, there were pot holes and it saw limited use for football practice, the discus throw at track meets and the site of the homecoming bonfire.”
The recreation department and the school district evaluated the situation and joined forces to put in the turf field.
The $250,000 grant will help pay the cost of preparing the field and installing the turf. The estimated cost of the project is $722,000.
Sack said the new turf field will be available for many different uses.
“The field will have line markings for soccer, football and lacrosse,” he said. “The school district has first priority for scheduling use of the field and the recreation department has the second priority for scheduling. The field will be available for members of the community for sports activities when no activity is scheduled.”
Dave Lee, open space manager, told the city council about the grant during the June 2 study session.
He said funds from the school district will be added to the grant to pay for what is expected to be a facility that will see a lot of use.
Mayor Randy Penn said it is a good decision to put turf on the field because it saves money.
“When Englewood High School put turf on the stadium field, the estimate was the school district saves about $80,000 a year that traditionally was spent on irrigation, sod replacement and maintenance which included lining the field for each athletic event,” he said.