The Juneau Assembly has commissioned Arete Construction Corp. to resurface Adair-Kennedy Park field for $827,000. The project involves preparing the existing dirt football and soccer field and covering it with an artificial turf.
The surface material is of more recent development than Astroturf and is expected to last as long as 15 years, according to city engineer Rod Wilson. ``It's a lot of money,'' he said, in response to assembly members' questions. ``But much of that is subsurface construction.''
The subsurface and the material itself will allow for a drainage capacity of up to 20 inches of rainfall per hour, he said. The design includes two trench drains, which will mean less runoff into Duck Creek than has occurred in the past.
The field's construction will allow for winter uses, such as cross-country skiing, and the covering material warranty permits snowplowing as well.
The contractor will join the carpet manufacturer in laying the covering down, thus ensuring that installation is done correctly, Wilson said.
Wilson estimated the cost of replacing the carpet after it wears out will be on the order of $600,000. Funding for the project, approved as part of a parks and recreation ballot initiative, is from city sales tax revenues.
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