SCM’s new Mid America artificial turf installation at Liberty North High School in Liberty, MO is complete and the field is ready for play. Beautiful!
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Setting the stage for true home athletic competitions and a host of other future uses, field turf for Liberty High School and Liberty North High School was purchased April 18 by a unanimous vote of the Liberty Public Schools Board of Education.
The Astroturf Game Day 3D3 52 playing surface with football and soccer boundary lines will be installed within the existing tracks at both high schools this summer, coming at a cost of $266,350 for Liberty High and $281,360 for Liberty North for the turf and ground work and $1,154,304 for total installation. The aforementioned costs will be covered by the district budget.
“As a stand-alone project, we believe that turf is the right move for the district,” LPS Chief Operations Officer Steve Anderson said. “After a broad and thoughtful discussion, it became clear that turf would address several program needs within the district. Not only will turf provide a stable, safe and reliable multi-use surface for athletics, it will also provide space for marching band, color guard, dance team, cheer, drum corps, physical education and more generally serve as an outdoor classroom space.”
The turf is expected to be ready for use by the start of the 2016-2017 school year.
Liberty High has already indicated it plans to play two football games on its home field this year, as it did during the 2015 season, with all remaining home Blue Jays and Eagles football games to be played at William Jewell College’s Greene Stadium.
With the turf on its way, plans are also being finalized for a private campaign to generate funds to develop activities complexes at both high schools around the new playing surfaces and to create permanent homes for the high school programs.
“We are also in the beginning stages of establishing a campaign committee that will be tasked with overseeing the fundraising effort to allow for full development of both complexes. Liberty High will require additional bleachers, concessions, restrooms and a scoreboard, while Liberty North will require these same improvements along with lights. All totaled, the project will cost between $4 (million) and $5 million. Conceptual plans are under development, and our hope is to more formally launch the campaign in the coming months,” said Anderson.
Repeated attempts to create a district stadium have been made in the past decade, but were ultimately unsuccessful, including a 2011 levy increase that would have funded a multi-purpose stadium and a 2013 campaign.
Anderson said the current initiative began last fall with the creation of an internal district committee to evaluate the possibility of purchasing and installing field turf. The committee worked with Hollis and Miller architect firm representatives and a sports field engineer from Olsson and Associates during the process.
The team reviewed a dozen turf options from five vendors. After narrowing down the options to Astroturf, the committee conducted site visits at Blue Springs High School, Kansas City Southeast High School and Excelsior Springs High School to see the turf in full scale. After visiting the schools, the committee chose to propose the Astroturf Game Day 3D3 52 playing surface to the Board of Education.
“We really appreciate the board taking that kind of action,” Liberty North High School Principal Marty Jacobs said. “The turf benefits our athletic program and performing arts program, as well as classroom work. It’s a wonderful thing that the board is able to provide the monetary resources for that.”
Anderson said the district will also be available for outside groups to use in the future.