Riverside Local School District will have a turf football field in time for the 2017 High School football season thanks to a sponsorship from Lake Health and money from the Permanent Improvement fund.
Updating the current field with turf provides many benefits including enhanced safety, less maintenance and water cost. It also allows us the ability to open up the field to other school sponsored sports teams as well as outside community organizations, programs and youth leagues.
“Our goal is to bring as many people to Riverside Campus as we can to create a community feel,” said Superintendent James Kalis. “We want the campus to be a true cornerstone for the entire community.”
The project - which also includes track restoration - is approximately $800,000 to complete. Lake Health has agreed to pay the District $230,000 to be the exclusive Healthcare Sponsor of the District. In return for their sponsorship dollars, the District will place two Lake Health logos on the field as well as provide several other sponsorship opportunities throughout the District.
The rest of the cost will come from the District’s Permanent Improvement fund. Money from the Permanent Improvement fund can be used for improvements to school property. It cannot be used for operations or construction of buildings.
Currently, the District spends between $10,000 and $15,000 per year on watering, painting, fertilizing and mowing the football field’s grass. Those costs will decrease significantly with turf.
The lifespan of new turf is approximately 10-12 years. The cost to replace turf is significantly less than the cost to install brand new turf and will be paid for by funds generated from a Cell Tower that American Tower Corporation will be constructing on the Riverside Campus. The Cell Tower will generate $19,800 per year for the District for the first five years and then funds will slightly increase every five years after that. In addition, the District will realize additional funds from the Cell Tower with each additional carrier.
FieldTurf is expected to break ground on the project in May. The company has installed thousands of turf fields for NFL, Soccer, College and High School teams all over the world including Ohio State University, Mentor High School, Perry High School, West Geauga High School and several other area fields in Northeast Ohio.
“FieldTurf is more dedicated to safety of athletes than any other company in our industry. We have scientific proof from a six-year study that FieldTurf’s infill is safer than any other infilled surface and a better alternative to natural grass,” said Bob McKeiver, Regional Sales Manager for FieldTurf.