In August 2022, Town Council approved a contract with Academy Sports Turf, Inc., to convert the athletic fields at Paintbrush Park in The Meadows to synthetic turf. The project is a joint effort between the Parks and Recreation Department and Castle Rock Water to save water, reduce maintenance hours for park operations staff and extend the ability of sports teams and leagues to use the facilities earlier in the spring and later in the fall when unfavorable weather can often limit play.
The project will convert two softball fields and one soccer field, saving approximately 4 million gallons of water annually. Site work is set to include:
- The removal of sod and approximately 4 to 6 inches of underlying soil
- Laser grading of the drainage media subgrade
- Installation of a subsurface drainage system, including4 inches of fractured stone base and drainage media and 2 inches of crusher fine gravel
- The placement of the synthetic turf, which will have an 8-year manufacturer's warranty, 8-year installation warranty and 1-year warranty on base construction
Academy is a leading supplier of synthetic turf systems and is a TenCate Grass Company, having long-standing experience in the development, manufacturing, construction, installation and maintenance of synthetic turf systems with over 400 field installations.
This project began fall 2022 and is slated for completion prior to March 2023 to ensure the fields are usable before the start of spring sports.