Artificial turf would provide multiple uses




GREENFIELD —  A committee appointed by the Greenfield-Central School Corporation Board gathered Tuesday to discuss improvements to corporation athletic facilities, most notably the installation of artificial field turf at the high school football stadium.

It was the first meeting on the issue and chairman Dave Beal, the G-C high school associate principal, emphasized a cautious approach “looking at all angles.”

The committee, which also included new superintendent Harold Olin, high school principal Steve Bryant, school board member Ray Kerkhof, corporation business manager Tony Zurwell, outgoing athletic director Kevin Horrigan and incoming A.D. Jared Manning, pledged to look into the cost of a major natural grass overhaul and recrowning of the football field, which would be the first such conditioning upgrade since use of the field began in 1969.

The majority of the meeting, though, was spent on the feasibility of artificial turf.

Among two significant issues that came up in the meeting, which was the first of two planned public meetings before reporting to the school board in July:

COST

* Horrigan said field turf prices can range from $300,000 to $1 million-plus, with the low end providing little guarantees of long-term quality and the high end exorbitant and probably unnecessary for Greenfield’s needs.

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