School board approves new turf for Quaker Valley stadium

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The artificial turf at Quaker Valley High School's Chuck Knox Stadium will be replaced following the spring athletic season as a safety measure for players.

Board members awarded a $439,539 contract Jan. 28 to Shaw Turf.

The turf currently at the field, installed in 2004, is “well beyond its natural life,” said board member David Pusateri. An uneven playing surface with lumps in the field and torn seams can be cause for injury.

Prior to 2004, the stadium surface was grass, which can be more costly to maintain.

Only one board member opposed the plan. Board member Marianne Wagner said the price of replacing the turf will most likely amount to much more than the $439,539 projected cost. She pointed out additional tasks involved with replacing the turf, such as cleaning out the drains, could cause the expense to go higher.

The new turf will be installed after the upcoming boys’ and girls’ lacrosse season, and should be complete in time for the opening of the football and soccer seasons in August.

In addition to being widely used for practice and games by the district’s football, soccer, and lacrosse teams, the field at Chuck Knox stadium also is utilized by the marching band and cheerleaders. Additionally, it is used for community sports and recreation teams as well as middle school athletic events.

Shellie Petri Budzeak, freelance writer:

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