Sprague Field Turf Replacement
Sprague Fields Turf Replacement Project
Sprague School – Sprague Fields Complex
Sprague Fields Turf Replacement – Update No. 2
The Sprague Field Turf Replacement project is still ongoing. Although, placement of the synthetic “grass” carpet is slightly behind scheduled. Laying out and placing the shock pads and carpet over the fields is labor extensive. Once the gravel subbase is compacted, the shock pads were manually layout very similar as if putting together a jigsaw puzzle, but at a much larger scale. Each pad was interlinked to the next one (figure 7).
Next, heavy rolls of synthetic “grass” carpet were layout over the shock pads (figure 8).
It takes approximately 50 rolls of carpet to cover the entire field. Last, the edges of each roll was merged together by gluing on a tape underneath the carpet (figure 9 & figure 10).
Once the edges are glued together, the carpet is compressed for a strong bond to the glue and almost seamless (figure 11).
Once all the carpet is laid out, line striping will be next, but that is to be continued later on in update 3. The estimated opening date is still projected to be near the end of August.
Sprague Fields Turf Replacement - Update No. 1
The Sprague Field Turf Replacement project is progressing as scheduled. The existing Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) and sand infill were removed from the old synthetic green turf (figure 1) and are temporarily being stored in large white storage bags in the maintenance facility parking lot (figure 2) The old infill will be mixed along with new additional TPE and reused on fields 2 and 3 once the new synthetic turf is placed. The infill is similar to fine sand which helps with traction and keeps the synthetic grass in an upright position.
Once the infill was removed, the old synthetic turf was rolled up and removed from the site (figure 3.) A portion of the green turf material will be shipped off-site to be recycled in Malaysia where the material will be deconstructed and the fibers recycled into different poly type products such as edge details, poly lumbers and etc. The other portion will be reused by a Florida company where they find second lives for used turf products. The old shock pads which were used under the turf were rolled up (figure 4) and will be removed/disposed from the site next week. The shock pads are used to absorb sudden impacts and minimize injury to field users.
Over the next few days, the sand/gravel sub-grade will be fine graded (figure 5) and compacted (figure 6) before the new shock pads are placed over the fields.