Installed in 2008, the two existing synthetic turf sports fields at Berens Park are popular sites for soccer, football and lacrosse. However, after ten years of use, replacement is necessary to continue to provide a safe and functional surface for play and to meet the high demand for field usage, by both the Park District and affiliate athletic groups.
To ensure this important amenity is maintained, the Park Board approved a bid of $896,333 from FieldTurf USA, Inc. at the February 12, 2018 board meeting to renovate the synthetic turf fields. Based on the District’s field use agreement, Elmhurst College is responsible for a quarter of the cost of the field replacement, making the cost distribution $672,249.75 for the Park District and $224,083.25 for Elmhurst College.
The project scope includes the removal and replacement of approximately 171,000 square feet of synthetic turf and infill, replacement of failing nailer boards and the addition of two concrete bleacher pads.
The turf selection, Revolution 360, provides a safe and resilient playing surface. It is the preferred turf type for sports like soccer that rely on a true roll and speed of the ball on the surfacing. The system is also extremely functional for the multi-sport applications that occur at Berens Park.