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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: September 9, 2011

Contact: Billie J. Schmidt
Superintendent of Park Operations
360.337.5371 or

No: 2011-066


Dedication ceremony set for Gordon Field improvements
New surface, new lights and better drainage added during project


What Gordon Field Dedication
When: Thursday, September 15 @ 4:30 PM
Where: Gordon 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 field markings.

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 of 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 special celebration!

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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