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Turf time at Cottage Grove High

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 2nd, 2012


Photo by Jerry Thompson The South Lane School District school board recently approved the installation of new turf, scheduled for this winter, at Cottage Grove High School. Above, students play football on the old turf.






For some it may seem like the athletic turf at Cottage Grove High School was just installed, but in reality, it has been 11 years. Since 2001, hundreds of sporting events as well physical education classes and the yearly graduation ceremony have taken place on the field at Herald White Stadium. The time has come for it to be replaced according to South Lane Superintendent Krista Parent.

Parent said the turf carried an eight-year warranty and called it “wonderful” that the field has lasted past its typical life expectancy. She said that a view from the grandstands shows how much of the black coloring under the green turf has worn through, and pointed out that people who walk on the turf often leave with their lower legs covered in turf.

Parent said the turf gets about 12 hours of use a day between football games, soccer matches, P.E. classes, Pop Warner football and AYSO soccer.

“It’s not torn at the seams or anything, it’s basically just worn down,” she said.

On Monday, Sept. 10, the school board approved the installation of new turf at Cottage Grove High School. The replacement will be largely funded by a grant from the Community Sports Development Council, which most recently funded and oversaw installation of a new track and turf field at Pleasant Hill High School. South Lane School District will supply about $250,000 of the $850,000 price tag for the replacement, for which funds have been set aside since the turf was installed.

Parent said the turf gets about 12 hours of use a day between football games, soccer matches, P.E. classes, Pop Warner football and AYSO soccer.

“It’s not torn at the seams or anything, it’s basically just worn down,” she said.

The Council offered with a second grant to include the installation of a turf field at Lincoln Middle School, but the District is short its portion of the necessary funds, about $400,000.

Parent said the installation will begin Dec. 2, the day after CGHS hosts the class 1A football championships. Businesses that support the Community Sports Development Council will be utilized for the construction.

Parent added that the Council could conceivably fund the installation of turf at the school’s new baseball field one day. but added that budget constraints at the District mean the necessary matching funds are very difficult to come by.

For the complete article see the 10-03-2012 issue.

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