Dedication ceremony set for Gordon Field improvements
New surface, new lights and better
drainage added during project
September 15 @ 4:30 PM
Field on the Kitsap County Fairgrounds
(Corner of Tibardis and Fairgrounds Roads)
(Port Orchard, WA) Kitsap County and officials from
the Kitsap Public Facilities District (PFD) are planning a dedication ceremony to
recognize improvements recently completed at Gordon Field at the County
Fairgrounds. The $1 million dollar project was completed with joint funding
from both agencies. The improvements include a new synthetic turf with the
look and feel of real turf, new lighting, and drainage improvements designed
to keep the playing surface dry.
“This is another fine example of the community coming together to fill a
need,” said County Commissioner Josh Brown. “We heard loud and clear that
there weren’t enough soccer fields. Turf fields can be used more effectively
year-round. Adding lights allows the fields to be used longer each day. We
are happy to be a part of this project,” Brown added.
The new synthetic turf is a polyethylene monofilament
fiber with a combination sand and recycled rubber infill. The new surface
provides significant maintenance cost-saving in addition to a better playing surface.
Maintenance costs are reduced by eliminating the need to water and fertilize
the field. Additional costs are saved by eliminating the need to repaint
New lights were added to the playing fields. Both the
County and the PFD made last-minute additions to their contribution to the
funding to ensure lights were included in the project. The
floodlights at 1,500 watt metal halide glare control sports field lights.
The new lights fully illuminate the turf section of the field and two banks
lights provide limited lighting of the grass field next to it. This will
allow additional practice time on the grass field, and full lighting for
games played on the new turf field. This will help limit overuse of the
grass field and limit damage to the grass. The grass fields are scheduled to
be closed during March and April of 2012 for repair.
Drainage improvements, including pervious concrete
around the perimeter of the fielld, were designed to channel water
off the playing surface. The entire field is under-drained to permit
continuous play in all weather conditions and to allow infiltration under
the field. This helps keep water from accumulating on the playing surface.
The dedication starts with a reception at 4:30 hosted
by the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce. Kitsap County Commissioner Josh
Brown, Kitsap Public Facilities District Chair Teresa Osinksi and Past Chair
Walt Draper, and a representative from the County Parks Board are scheduled
to speak. A ribbon cutting follows the speakers at 5:25.
There are three exhibition soccer matches scheduled
following the dedication. The matches kick off with youth teams at 5:30. A
teen soccer match follows at 6:30. The inaugural match under the lights is
an adult match that begins at 7:30. Please plan on joining us for this
The design team included Bruce Dees & Associates
Landscape Architects, Map Ltd. Civil Engineers and Sparing Inc. Electrical
Engineers. The contractor was A-1 Landscaping and Construction Inc.
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