ARCHITECTURE WORK, Prek-12
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Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk CSD Selkirk, NY

Multi-purpose Athletic Field

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District required a multipurpose physical education and athletic field to replace their aging, maintenance ridden grass field. Physical education classes and sports teams were often unable to practice or host games due to damage caused by overuse of the original natural grass field. The new surface would need to accommodate a variety of athletic activities without downtime or repair in between.

CSArch found that the best solution for the district was to replace the grass with synthetic turf within the boundaries of the existing running track. Far more advanced and safer than the “astro-turf” of the past, the synthetic turf provides three-season playability. This long pile artificial turf, which is filled with rubber and sand particles between the fibers, acts as a natural shock absorber, creating a safe and stable surface for athletes.

The District is now able to play back-to-back games on the field without damaging the surface, as well as being ready for play during the next day’s physical education classes. The field can be used for more hours each day, and even during heavy rainfalls. In addition, the synthetic turf has dramatically reduced the District’s annual maintenance and irrigation costs for this critical surface. The district saves on maintenance costs such as re-sodding, watering, and mowing.