Volunteers install AstroTurf at Imperial Beach Little League Major's Field at IB Sports Park
Jan 08, 2018 03:32PM
● By Paul Spear
Volunteers install AstroTurf
at Imperial Beach Little League Major's Field at IB Sports Park
The Volunteers Installed AstroTurf during Off-Season to Improve Field and Cut Down on Maintenance Cost. Said Don Spicer, Former President of the Imperial Beach Little League, "the new AstroTurf looks fantastic. The volunteers did a fantastic of installing the AstroTurf." This was done to cut down on the time and cost of maintaining the field. The AstroTurf cost about $14,000 and by the time you add the dirt and other materials needed the total cost will be close to $18,000. The figure might seem like a lot but when you take into consideration the water, fertilizer and the time needed to mow the grass, edge, weeding, bug and pest control and the time needed to get the field ready to play, these improvements will amount to a considerable savings of volunteer time and as well as money. Said Don, "the time we save on maintaining the field will allow the volunteers to direct their time into helping the children with their baseball skills instead of maintaining the field(s)."
The AstroTurf was installed on the infield of the Major's field. Said Spicer, "At some point we will consider rolling this out to the other fields but for now it will just be on the infield of the Major's Field. It is expected that the AstroTurf will have a 25-year life. It is expected that the cost savings will be recouped in 10 years. However, that figure doesn’t include the time that will be freed up for volunteers to help and work with the children with their baseball skills as opposed to taking care of the field.
The Major's field is the most active field and is where the oldest Little League player play all their games. The Majors is typically where the 11 and 12-year-old boys (and girls) play along with some advanced 10-year old’s. Said Don Spicer, “We hope to roll the AstroTurf to the other fields as well as soon as our budget allows.”
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Paul Spear, Publisher, and Editor of Dig Imperial Beach