Archive for Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Turf goes down on Free State football fields

District hopes to have 7 athletic fields at 2 high schools finished by mid-April

Crews started laying down rolls of new artificial turf at Free State High School on Jan. 6. It takes a six-man crew three weeks to put the field together.

Crews started laying down rolls of new artificial turf at Free State High School on Jan. 6. It takes a six-man crew three weeks to put the field together.

January 6, 2009

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New turf laid at Free State

Artificial turf for Free State's new football field was put down Tuesday. Work at Lawrence High is lagging behind Free State. Enlarge video

Free State High School gets a new artificial turf football field Tuesday afternoon as part of an effort to upgrade athletic facilities at both Free State and Lawrence High School. The $800,000 project is expected to take three weeks; Lawrence High's new football field will come later this month.

Free State High School gets a new artificial turf football field Tuesday afternoon as part of an effort to upgrade athletic facilities at both Free State and Lawrence High School. The $800,000 project is expected to take three weeks; Lawrence High's new football field will come later this month.

Crews at Free State High School took the first steps in revamping athletic facilities Tuesday as they started laying turf on the previously grassy football field.

This is the beginning of a project at Free State and Lawrence High School that will cost about $12 million to complete.

"It's been a while coming," said Tom Bracciano, the school district’s operations and facility planning director.

Lawrence High School is undergoing the same process, but Bracciano said that work is about a week behind.

"We hope to be finished with the football field by Jan. 20, then they'll move up to the baseball field,” he said.

The Free State field alone is costing near $890,000 to install. Bracciano said he'd originally hoped the field would be finished by Jan. 1, but the recent cold weather and snow had postponed the project.

"The ground's been frozen, and it's not really appropriate to put the turf down, so we got a little delayed by that, but they're still really making really good progress," Bracciano said.

After the football field, focus will shift to the baseball fields, then the soccer fields, followed by the softball field and tennis courts at Lawrence High School.

"Our goal is to have seven fields done by mid-April," Bracciano said.

Comments

Shelley Bock 6 years, 4 months ago

I'm glad to see that Lawrence is finally getting up to the standards set by communities like Bonner Springs and Piper in providing modern facilities for high school sports events.As someone who has run on grass and athletic turf fields during high school competition in recent years, I would have to say that if all conditions were equal, I'd prefer grass. However, having suffered the lack of quality maintenance of natural grass surfaces in Lawrence, I strongly believe the athletic turf option is best. It is a pleasure for old knees to run on athletic turf. Even if it should have various adverse effects (and I believe this is unfounded), athletic turf is better than the bare earth so common of recent Lawrence playing fields.

Luxor 6 years, 4 months ago

Meanwhile, cuts to actual EDUCATION are pending.

KULHSLIONSfan 6 years, 4 months ago

How can anyone possibly take this ariadne blogger seriously. What an unbelievable joke. Thank you school district for doing the right thing. Our children, community and neighborhoods will all benefit. The school board and city commissioners have once again made very good decisions allowing these critical improvements to move forward. The decisions have been made without allowing the very vocal, confused and misleading ramblings and blogs of the few to adversely affect the community as a whole.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 4 months ago

Relax, ariadne, have a popsicle. It's a cool and fruity treat on a winter day.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 4 months ago

ariadne, if you had money, would you travel ? If I gave you a dime, would you get started right now ?

webmocker 6 years, 4 months ago

Annoying link. Another annoying link. 12 more annoying links. Prodigious copy/paste.

Tony Kisner 6 years, 4 months ago

The head line caught my eye "Fields" I thought/feared they were putting down turf on a practice field also.

lawthing 6 years, 4 months ago

why not just plant some grass and spread the 14 million dollars accross the whole school district...I thought these were supposed to be hard times!

ksarmychick 6 years, 4 months ago

What a waste or money. This artifical turf is horrible. We had this crap at my high school and most of the teams choose not to pratice on it because of how much this stuff hurts. Instead the teams used the grass fields at the park across the street. If you happen to fall on it at a high rate of speed in shorts it tears your skin open. Not to mention try doing a series of stretches in shorts on this crap. I think the district could have found better ways to use this money...like teacher pay increases.

mom_of_three 6 years, 4 months ago

LHS got 3 new chemistry classrooms in fall, 2007, where there is a science wing at the school now.

Danimal 6 years, 4 months ago

It's a great day for wasteful spending in Lawrence! The kids may not be able to read gooder than other districts, but at least they'll have artificial turf and undersized stadiums.

onrywmn 6 years, 4 months ago

How come no one cares about Central Jr. High's so-called "piece of track"? They don't even have a full oval or circle to run around, yet the high schools get football and baseball fields and more???

gl0ck0wn3r 6 years, 4 months ago

This ariadne person seems to suffer from the same symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome that inform Richard "give me all your money" Heckler's posts.

hail2oldku 6 years, 4 months ago

"onrywmn (Anonymous) says… How come no one cares about Central Jr. High's so-called “piece of track”? They don't even have a full oval or circle to run around, yet the high schools get football and baseball fields and more???"This was addressed when the renovations were done to each of the Jr. Highs. It was determined that the only way to get the school a full track would be to purchase the house across 14th Street from the school and get the city to vacate that segment of 14th.Of course if a certain poster had his/her way, Central and South would have been consolidated at LHS, a new LHS would have been built and none of these issues would be getting the run that they are now.

GardenMomma 6 years, 4 months ago

At what point will the school district break even on the football fields? How many games need to be played before the new football fields starting earning a profit?$6 million cost for one. How many people attend each game? Paying attendees? Let's say 2000 (I have no idea how accurate that is, just a wild guess). Tickets cost what? $15? Let's do some math....2000 tickets x $15 = $30,000 a gameSay 6 home games a season...6 x $30,000 = $180,000$6 million divided by $180,000 = 33 seasons before ticket revenue alone starts to earn a profit on one football field.Of course, that does not figure in concessions. And of course I have no idea if 2,000 paying attendees is at all accurate. But even supposing it's closer to 4,000 paying attendees (per game) it will still take over ten years to turn a profit.

GardenMomma 6 years, 4 months ago

Why invest if you don't get a return? Whether it be tangible or intangible?Surely there was a reason behind the desire to build two new football fields, et al.

50YearResident 6 years, 4 months ago

Don't forget to figure in the interest on 14 million dollars at 6% that would be $84,000 per year.

50YearResident 6 years, 4 months ago

easy-does-it says ........The head line caught my eye “Fields” I thought/feared they were putting down turf on a practice field also.Fields = Lawrence High Field & Freestate Field......One field has worked for 50 years, now there is a need for 2.......go figure.

Shelley Bock 6 years, 4 months ago

GardenMomma...When did anyone ever say that high school sports would, could ever turn a profit? If you look at historical Lawrence usage patterns, Haskell has been used for decades while other sports have used various venues for little cost. Unfortunately, all are underused or inadequate. Suggesting that tickets cost $15 for these games is wildly off base suggesting that you personally haven't gone to games. One could argue that the school district has been saving for decades in order to finally get facilities into the 20th Century (not an typo).JackRipped...Now there you go again! Responses to your pattern complaints indicate that with on campus venues, physical edcuation classes will have use of these facilities. Additionally, while you calculate that fewer students actually compete, the reality is that 40-50% of the student body will make it onto these fields in various capacities such as participants, managers, band members and cheerleaders. Danimal...Participants in extra-curricular activities have far superior grades when compared to those who leave school at the end of the day to go practice their video game skills or hang out with the friends. Having the facilities on campus could get more to participate and away from educational distractions. While you assume that Lawrence schools don't teach as well as other districts, you fail to realize that participants must maintain their grades and have good comportment. Those who don't have the basics are not typically involved in school or extra-curiculars.ksarmychick...this isn't your mother's "astro turf"; it is far more comfortable to play or run on. And again, some of the funding was leftover bond money which can not be spent on teacher salaries. Schools have operating budgets which pays for salaries and capital outlay budgets which pays for school improvements. The two can't be mixed.

Shelley Bock 6 years, 4 months ago

Re: response to GardenMomma...it should read "overused" rather than "underused."

deskboy04 6 years, 4 months ago

It sure does seem like a lot of money. I'll bet that it will really be nice.

Shelley Bock 6 years, 4 months ago

JackRipped says..."Hey Hepburn, 40-50% in class is failing. We are talking about people doing something daily, everybody who can, instead of building studs like you so you can go on and on about your glory days in ol Shawnee."I really got a laugh out of your reasoning, Jacked. That participation level is "failing"? Heck, by your standards every class room fails. You'd want to convince us that the only high school facilities needed are restrooms and the cafeteria because it approaches 100% usage.My image is not of some stud or to live out the past. My desire is to provide safe and appropriate facilities which can be used by those who want to participate. And, that number can approach 100% if they are so willing. I suppose that you'll be on the sidelines being negative as always..

bearded_gnome 6 years, 4 months ago

for those unfamiliar with Ariadne/cool/spiderman/spammerman/coaltrain/sven-erik-alstrom who on another thread is trying to claim he is Roger Pine, here's a linkhttp://www2.ljworld.com/news/2008/dec/29/natural-buffer/a lot of comments, but also a lot of laughs. and, even some good poetry by Ravens. Ariadne claims to be an "environMENTAL architect."

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