The synthetic turf field at Holly Park is going to be replaced.
Before that happens, however, Delta council has awarded a $60,000 contract to a firm that will look at new turf field technologies that could be used for the all-weather field in East Ladner.
Opened in 2005, the synthetic turf field and washroom/storage building at the 62nd Street park cost about $2 million. A civic report notes fields at the time were created using synthetic turf fibres woven to a backing or mat with an infill consisting of crumb rubber made from recycled rubber and sand. Based on industry information, the lifecycle of the synthetic turf was projected to be between 10 and 15 years, depending on environmental conditions and usage.
Now that the life cycle of the Holly turf is nearing an end after 13 years, the city placed a request for bids this summer for consulting services with the goal to replace the turf in 2019. R.F. Binnie & Associates has been selected to analyze the different technologies.
The overall project, which will involve the replacement of the turf field, civil design work to ensure the existing base and drainage remain adequate and replacement of supporting amenities such as fencing and lighting, has a $1 million budget.