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In-house field improvements provide more usable athletic facilities

Post Date:12/05/2017 12:12 p.m.
This summer, the city’s Park Maintenance Division led some big improvements to city athletic fields at Muenchow and Tahpah parks. 
Park crews seed field

Muenchow Park

With improvements on the Community Center campus, park maintenance staff made adjustments to Field 1, including reducing the infield size, moving irrigation lines, hauling in black dirt and reseeding the field. With the work, the fields at Muenchow Park are now more consistent, which benefits the programs who use the fields.

Tahpah Field Park

Staff expanded Field 8 at Tahpah Park to provide more consistent field sizes for adult league play. The work included removing fencing, excavating behind home plate, regrading the infield, expanding the warning track and moving irrigation lines to fit the new field size. Crews also built a new retaining wall from salvaged block from a previous project.

retaining wallIn addition, the department also built a new future soccer and football field on the south end of the park. This project was accomplished using fill from Field 8 and the new Tahpah West ballfield. The project required crews to install storm drain, grade the site, install irrigation and seed the field for use in late fall 2018 or early spring 2019, depending on turf growth.

Soccer/football field“Our staff basically created a new field in a challenging unused area,” said Public Works Director Steve Lillehaug. “It is now a new athletic field, which I expect will get significant use once the turf is established.”

In addition to providing more athletic opportunities for users, the projects also saved the city significant money thanks to the in-house labor.

“Our parks staff saw a need and initiated these improvements while going about their heavy summer workload,” Lillehaug said. “It was a great show of teamwork.”