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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

stream47 3 years, 5 months ago

People aren't taking into consideration the considerable costs involved in maintaining grass athletic fields: money spent on gasoline for mowing, fertiliser, weedkillers, and the like; money and labor spent on chalk lines and markings. Also, artificial turf doesn't get compacted or develop low spots or drainage problems.

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 3 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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not_so_greek 5 years, 3 months ago

It's noon on Friday. Has Ariadne's dog pooped on school property today? Here or Aspen?

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Pilgrim 5 years, 3 months ago

BestSylvia (Anonymous) says…Wow. That ariadne is a real blog hog—he took up most of the space so far! Is that proper blog etiquette? (Sorry, I'm new.) Won't we run out of room?******Not before you run out of patience with his crp.

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Pilgrim 5 years, 3 months ago

not_so_greek (Anonymous) says…It's 9:40am. Has Ariadne's dog yet pooped today?********No, but JackedupRipper's has diarrhea.

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BestSylvia 5 years, 3 months ago

Wow. That ariadne is a real blog hog--he took up most of the space so far! Is that proper blog etiquette? (Sorry, I'm new.) Won't we run out of room?

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JackRipper 5 years, 3 months ago

I'm not sure why you don't think the classroom themselves reach 100% use, we are told they are overcrowded.No Hepburn don't worry about me on the sidelines, sounds like high school sports are more costly to attend then what it is worth. While you pick my pocket to pay for facilities that it sounds like you could afford to pay for yourself I will stand quietly in the corner and pay proper homage to the small number of studs that defend the school from the marauders. Seems as usual the false claims are used to provide for the minority, even when those so fanatical could surely come up with the funding to build it themselves. But go ahead, pick our pockets. I guess we can't look forward to any new Bromelsicks who put up their own money where their mouths are. We should have seen it coming, the day we use government funds to bail out billionaires too!

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Shelley Bock 5 years, 3 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..

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not_so_greek 5 years, 3 months ago

It's 9:40am. Has Ariadne's dog yet pooped today?

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JackRipper 5 years, 3 months ago

"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."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. And as athletic fields began to cost more the become more exclusive as KU has demonstrated, remember, you can't play your games there anymore because it has some how been changed from a State owned piece of property to the personal ownership of the coach. Imagine the same for high school and since the school revolves around sports the coach's demands will be honored.

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deskboy04 5 years, 3 months ago

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

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Shelley Bock 5 years, 3 months ago

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

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Shelley Bock 5 years, 3 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.

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The_Original_Bob 5 years, 3 months ago

Whoowheee. That was an entertaining read through the posts.

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Marion Lynn 5 years, 3 months ago

Who is "Turf" and who is it that "Turf" is going down on?

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50YearResident 5 years, 3 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.

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50YearResident 5 years, 3 months ago

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

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GardenMomma 5 years, 3 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.

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beobachter 5 years, 3 months ago

Where does it say it must show a profit?

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GardenMomma 5 years, 3 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.

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JackRipper 5 years, 3 months ago

Well hail2oldku it makes perfect sense. In order to get more kids physically active we put the money into sports where only a few are able to make the cut or play. By doing that with all that money we have more kids getting physically active. That should make sense, shouldn't it?

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hail2oldku 5 years, 3 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.

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gl0ck0wn3r 5 years, 3 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.

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onrywmn 5 years, 3 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???

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Danimal 5 years, 3 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.

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Pilgrim 5 years, 3 months ago

Wow, yesterday's fix wasn't enough. Sven/cool/spiderman/et al had to come back for more.Dude, you need serious professional mental health assistance. Get some for your sake, and ours.

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mom_of_three 5 years, 3 months ago

in response to someone's question.

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mom_of_three 5 years, 3 months ago

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

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ksarmychick 5 years, 3 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.

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lawthing 5 years, 3 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!

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not_so_greek 5 years, 3 months ago

Ariadne promised new letters to the editor weeks ago. Despite this, all he could produce was his very own pathetic letter last week.Of course it is kind of hard to produce new letters when everyone in the neighborhood is jumping off of his ship.You haven't told us anything about these settlement talks Ariadne. Why not? Instead we get your agitprop. Can't you tell the TRUTH for just once?

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not_so_greek 5 years, 3 months ago

Isn't it really any surprise that signed Letters to the Editor in the Aspen Times refer to Sven as wearing a tin-foil hat? I'm not talking forum posts, I am talking people who sign their names.Of course, he still identifies himself as being from Aspen, having referred to Aspen as his residence dozens of times there.

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Tony Kisner 5 years, 3 months ago

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

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not_so_greek 5 years, 3 months ago

Same old letters to the editor, Sven. Why didn't you include the forum discussions for these?

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50YearResident 5 years, 3 months ago

Next up? 10,000 seat concrete stadium?

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notnowdear 5 years, 3 months ago

Stupid, stupid, stupid.I would love to see the high school's science labs and view how well equipped they are. This country should be turning out scientists, not arse-eletes.

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webmocker 5 years, 3 months ago

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

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 3 months ago

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

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ariadne 5 years, 3 months ago

a letter to the editor from another educator & neighbor:We believe the City Commission violated city ordinances, its development code and state laws when it approved plans to build five sports complexes at Lawrence High School/Centennial Virtual School, based on erroneous definitions of zoning uses. Now the school district intends to spend taxpayers’ money to pay lawyers to fight our lawsuit and build two sets of sports complexes — with $3.8 million from 2005 bond funds and a capital lease-purchase for this $10.4 million project — without voter approval.In October 2007, the school board first discussed its options: build a districtwide sports facility for competition or improve existing fields for practice. Although Supt. Weseman reported that Haskell Indian Nations University administrators were “enthusiastic” about discussing improvements to Haskell Stadium, where is the public record on discussions with the Bureau of Indian Affairs?By May 2008, board members were interested in “a district competition facility” “with the city on our side as a willing partner in what we are planning to do.” Despite neighbors’ concerns about multiple problems beyond improving practice fields, the district submitted its plans for competition stadiums in August with “the potential to provide additional recreational spaces for the community to use.”What ex parte communications occurred between district officials, city commissioners and recreation staff over the past year? We encourage all Lawrence taxpayers who are outraged by this flagrant misuse of our money to investigate and report on all matters of public record and to support the legal efforts of the Centennial Neighborhood Association.Jeanne Klein,Lawrence,on behalf of CNA plaintiffs

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ariadne 5 years, 3 months ago

a December 10, 2008 Letter to the EditorThe city’s planning staff made arbitrary, unreasonable and capricious quasi-judicial decisions regarding the school district’s two special use permits for five sports facilities at Lawrence High School and Lawrence Virtual School. They defined general public and instructional (GRI) use as active recreation, rather than entertainment and spectator sports, even as they admitted that “spectators are anticipated.” Thus, commissioners violated the Institutional Development Plan 20-1307(v): “Sports fields and other large traffic generation activities shall be located on the site furthest away from RS zoned areas and designed to reduce noise or light pollution from creating negative impacts on the adjacent neighborhood(s).”When approving both permits on Sept. 16, commissioners added a future operating agreement between Parks and Recreation and the school district regarding maximum levels of activity at these sites. In October, they amended GPI codes by allowing accessory uses of accessory structures of school buildings for active recreation in which two or more institutions may enter into a partnership to utilize these sites. Yet this partnership had already been discussed at a private Aug. 13 study session between the Planning Commission and the Parks and Rec Advisory Board (including Tom Bracciano from the district) — before its Aug. 27 approval of these permits.Before these sites are used each day and night over seven months annually near homes and a church, Centennial neighbors are seeking legal recourse. We urge taxpayers, prohibited from voting on 10 additional competition sports complexes, to speak out publicly and vote accordingly in future elections.Bob Blank,Lawrence

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ariadne 5 years, 3 months ago

December 8, 2008 Letter to the Editor:There is still time for members of the public to let the school board know that their current plans for upgrading athletic facilities are redundant, wasteful and unacceptable. Throughout this process, school officials have repeatedly told taxpayers that their plans were designed to save money. Unfortunately, their plan to save money is almost as innovative as the financial practices of America’s auto executives.In presentations before planning commissioners, city commissioners and members of the public, the school district’s chief operations officer pointed out that the district currently spends $80,000 each year to play football games at Haskell and to transport athletes to and from the games. Who could argue with the desire to reduce that figure in these challenging financial times?How does the school board plan to respond to this challenge? Build two redundant football stadiums at a cost to taxpayers of more than $4.4 million. How do they plan to finance this? Take out a loan and pay it back over 10 years. What’s the bottom line for taxpayers? We will now spend more than $440,000 each year, for the next 10 years, to play football in two redundant football stadiums, six nights a year.Why can’t we update both practice fields, but only build one stadium? Neither school currently has a stadium on site. The school board has not yet purchased the equipment or materials to build the two football stadiums. Contact them now and tell them that it’s time for plan B.Bob Tryanski,Lawrence

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ariadne 5 years, 3 months ago

Letter to the Editor, December 10, 2008:I am writing to express my outrage at USD 497’s plan to build competitive athletic facilities at Lawrence High School. The area around LHS will simply not support any more usage than it already has. There is not enough parking for LHS and Kansas University students during the day. There is not enough parking for KU basketball at night.And there certainly will not be enough parking for LHS football games. Why should the neighborhood become a parking lot for LHS fans and families who don’t live in the neighborhood?The money from the 2005 bond issue was slated to be used for educational purposes, not practice fields or competitive sports venues. Unfortunately, some people want something for nothing. They want a first-class football field for the kids to play on but are unwilling to float the bonds to pay for it.They are happy to cram a football stadium and baseball field with 90-foot lights down someone else’s throat. They don’t seem to care that money marked specifically for education is being used to pay for an outgoing bureaucrat’s monument to himself. No one seems to care that laws are being broken in order to do an end run around a proper public discussion and referendum. This is not just one neighborhood’s problem; it is a citywide problem. Where is the outrage?Roger Ricondo,Lawrence

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ariadne 5 years, 3 months ago

Letter to the Editor, November 25, 2008:Samuel Johnson wrote that patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels. We might more appropriately say that the last refuge of the incompetent is to hide behind children.Those who speak of the school board’s desire to benefit children by building a major series of athletic facilities at LHS should ask themselves a few questions:1) Why do we suddenly require a major expansion of athletic facilities at a time when the school board admits that they don’t have the money to pay for them?2) Why was the Haskell stadium suddenly no longer good enough for football?3) Why, if new facilities are desired, must we have two of everything?4) And why does the school board spend energy on athletics and ignore the fact that the school population has declined by 1,000 students in the past 10 years?This building frenzy has nothing to do with children, and everything to do with building monuments to departing school administrators. We are rewarding administrators who have presided over the greatest loss of children in our Lawrence’s history.If Lawrence schools were a bank, they would be bankrupt.They are losing customers at a staggering rate. The administrators are spending money they don’t have. They are rewarding themselves with monuments for a job badly done. And they are sending us into debt to buy products that we don’t need.And to avoid blame they hide behind children.Have they no shame?Arly Allen,Lawrence

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 3 months ago

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

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KULHSLIONSfan 5 years, 3 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.

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Luxor 5 years, 3 months ago

Meanwhile, cuts to actual EDUCATION are pending.

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Pilgrim 5 years, 3 months ago

Looks like Sven needed another "I-want-to-see-my-name-in-print-on-the-internet" fix.Pathetic.

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macon47 5 years, 3 months ago

when times are tough and we dont have enoughmoney to educate the kids,it is a good time to spend money on turfand new statdiums

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cheeseburger 5 years, 3 months ago

ariadne (er Sven Erik Alstrom) - Perhaps R_I was lucky in another regard: By playing indoors, he was not subjected to inconsiderate, polluting neighbors (such as yourself) who allowed their dogs to poop on the athletic fields, thereby exposing athletes to toxins. But I guess you don't care about that, do you?Oh, and quit talking in third person, and trying to pass yourself off as Roger Pine - you make yourself look more foolish (if that's possible) than you already are!(And once again, do not send me those harrassing emails!)

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Shelley Bock 5 years, 3 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.

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ariadne 5 years, 3 months ago

dear reticent - we would like to hear more about this high school withan indoor football field - where was it located?

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ariadne 5 years, 3 months ago

reticentyou could have been very lucky --inside there was no UV ultraviolet breaking down the chemistry of the materials for example.also no 'heat sink' effect of overheating to cause off-gasinig - you were very lucky.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years, 3 months ago

I played High School football games on artificial turf, inside no less. We never had injury problems, and that was with late 70's artificial turf technology.

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JackRipper 5 years, 3 months ago

Good news about this is hopefully the arrogant school districts like 497 encourage the legislators to do what they should be doing and cut school funding until wealthy school districts start actually demonstrating a real need related to educating students. Nothing like extravagant spending on non education expenses as we head into a depression.

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not_so_greek 5 years, 3 months ago

I'd just be happy if Sven respected the environment one percent as much as he preaches.-Has never engaged in systematic insulation of his residence for energy conservation.-Regularly lets his dog poop on school athletic fields, putting human health at risk.

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ariadne 5 years, 3 months ago

an article from "sustainable gardening austrailia':There are many more environmentally sound, lower maintenance options available than the traditional lawn or the synthetic stuff. Please consider some of these 'greener' alternatives when planning your open space. Not only will you be helping the environment,.......

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not_so_greek 5 years, 3 months ago

Ariadne, Do you have any of those "secret" plaintiffs around Free State, or are they all back around your mama's house next to LHS?

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ariadne 5 years, 3 months ago

what are those costs again - Weseman & Braccianno?NAPLES — The Collier County School Board’s decision in March to spend $2.7 million to install synthetic turf football fields at three high schools raised some eyebrows, particularly in the midst of a statewide revenue shortfall causing budget cuts and layoffs across the district.The district has installed four such fields to the tune of roughly $3.6 million and hopes to replace the natural grass football fields at the remaining three high schools next summer. At $900,000 per field, the price tag for the entire project will exceed $6 million over three summers.

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not_so_greek 5 years, 3 months ago

Ariadne, Do you use the Free State practice fields as your dog's toilet, or just the LHS ones?

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beobachter 5 years, 3 months ago

sven, accept the fact, average person considers you a nutcase and ignores anything you say or do. You want to be considered that, fine, but think about this fact. Anything you support, most people will oppose simply because of you and your continual stupid acts and rants. Bottom line, you are considered a total idiot, justifiably so.

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not_so_greek 5 years, 3 months ago

How many plaintiffs dropped out today, Ariadne?When's mama coming in for her deposition? How long do you think yours will take?

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ariadne 5 years, 3 months ago

March 2005 info on the web.who pays for it?Still, researchers and parents have raised questions about synthetic fields - safety, expense and who should pay for it, maintenance and replacement of pieces damaged by wear and tear, vandalism, gum, cigarette burns and bodily fluids. The new generation of artificial fields includes those with 2.5 inches of polyethylene, polypropylene or nylon fibers attached to a porous backing and filled with bits of either rubber or sand or both. Other fields provide a fiber over a pad for cushioning. The products have evolved a long way from the old AstroTurf that was too hard, said Ron VanGelderen, president of the Synthetic Turf Council, based in Dalton, Ga. But even with the new generation of turf, the risk of head injury remains about the same as on old artificial fields, said Dr. Rosanne Naunheim, associate professor of emergency medicine at Washington University. Naunheim studied older AstroTurf as well as newer FieldTurf at the Rams' practice field in Earth City , as well as a frozen grass field in Earth City . The study was published in the December issue of the Journal of Trauma. "The new artificial fields are no safer than the old artificial fields," Naunheim said, adding that the new fields may get compacted and firmer over time, increasing the concussion risk. The safety of grass fields varies according to whether they are hard and hot, muddy and cold or frozen. Naunheim said new artificial fields might pose less risk than frozen natural-grass fields. Several high school athletics directors said they were aware of the study, adding that most football injuries involved legs, knees and ankles. School officials said students were less likely to turn ankles or suffer abrasions on the new generation of artificial turf. Barb Rectien, who lives in Eureka , pays for her daughter, 11, to play soccer on a private artificial turf field. "I have to admit it's a lot nicer to play on," Rectien said. One thing Rectien has noticed is that, after games, bits of black rubber on her daughter's socks, shin guards and shoes drop onto carpet, floors or shower drains. But Rectien's biggest concern is Rockwood's proposal for taxpayers to pay for the artificial turf rather than seeking private or corporate donations. "My daughter could use the field, but during these economic times, to put in a turf field with tax money when there are much greater needs just blows us away," Rectien said. The new synthetic fields range in cost from $500,000 to almost $1 million each.

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ariadne 5 years, 3 months ago

what about head injuries?Does the use of artificial turf contribute to head injuries?Naunheim R, McGurren M, Standeven J, Fucetola R, Lauryssen C, Deibert E.Department of Emergency Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri 63110, USA. naunheir@msnotes.wustl.eduBACKGROUND: A number of high-profile professional football players have suffered career-ending concussions. The purpose of this article is to test the surfaces used by a professional team to determine their impact-attenuating properties. METHODS: An accelerometer was dropped from a height of 48 inches onto three different playing fields in the St. Louis area: an indoor artificial turf practice field, a grass outdoor practice field, and the artificial turf field at a domed stadium. The accelerometer was dropped 20 times from a height of 48 inches onto each surface. RESULTS: Statistical analysis of the peak Gs for impacts onto each surface indicate all three are statistically different. The artificial surface of the domed stadium was the hardest surface, with an average peak acceleration of 261 Gs compared with 183 Gs for the indoor artificial turf practice field and 246 Gs for the outdoor grass field. CONCLUSION: The surface used to play league games has the least impact attenuation of any field tested and may contribute to the high incidence of concussion in football players.

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beobachter 5 years, 3 months ago

sven. why don't you simply STFU? nobody with a brain gives a damn what you post.

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ariadne 5 years, 3 months ago

watch the video regarding #1 turf burns, #2 heat effects,#3 costs - alternative grass fields may be better.videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-vGwn...

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not_so_greek 5 years, 3 months ago

Better get down there and chain yourself across the field Ariadne.

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ariadne 5 years, 3 months ago

wasn't it recently reported at $ 14 million ?

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macon47 5 years, 3 months ago

this is why half of your property taxes goes toeducating the kids

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