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July 30, 2010
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Three SPLOST III Artificial Turf Fields Ready For Students, Football Action
(NOTE: Since the posting of this article, fields at Campbell, Osborne and Pope have been completed.)
Football teams at three Cobb County high schools will run onto the gridiron of new artificial
turf fields when they kick off the 2010 season! The SPLOST III-funded fields at Kennesaw Mountain, South Cobb and Walton high schools are in place and ready for use by classes and teams. The field at
Pope High School should be completed soon.
Meanwhile, a second phase of installations is under way for Campbell, Osborne
and Pebblebrook high schools and will be completed just a few weeks into the fall semester. Wheeler, Kell, Sprayberry, Harrison, and Lassiter are scheduled for turf installation following completion of fall
athletics and activities. The final phase is scheduled for summer 2011 and will include North Cobb, Allatoona, Hillgrove, and McEachern high schools.
Artificial turf fields are among the projects approved by
voters in the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) referendum in fall 2008. Following an open procurement process and authorization by the Board of Education in May 2010, vendor Deluxe Athletics
was awarded the bid at a cost of $9,312,771. Each field is covered by an eight-year warranty and includes equipment for each school to perform the minimal maintenance required by the artificial surface.
of synthetic fibers with a rubber fill for optimal impact absorption, contemporary artificial turf is safe and efficient. Because it is resistant to the wear and tear incurred by natural grass fields, all 16
Cobb high schools will be able to open the fields for academic use during the school day and for other extracurricular activities, as well as athletics. The fields will save schools and booster programs
thousands of dollars each year from the reduction in water consumption, sodding, and other maintenance required to maintain existing natural grass surfaces.
High-resolution photos of the completed fields at
Kennesaw Mountain, South Cobb and Walton high schools are available below. (Right click on images to download in hi-res)