Athletic field completion by next summer |

Athletic field completion by next summer

Gregory Crofton
Greg Crofton / Tahoe Daily Tribune The ground is flat and the lights are up, but early snow shut down construction of the Measure S athletic field off Al Tahoe Boulevard.

The early arrival of winter shut down construction of a synthetic grass sports field off Al Tahoe Boulevard, but El Dorado County officials say the field will be ready for play by July 1.

The synthetic grass ordered for the field has arrived and it will be installed this year if the weather warms up enough, according to El Dorado County Supervisor Dave Solaro. Groundwork for the project will resume May 1.

Most of the funding for the field came from Measures S, a $5.8 million bond measure approved by voters in 2000 to improve recreation at South Shore. The measure, in part, was supposed to provide money to fund construction of four fields off Al Tahoe.

But plans changed over the years. First it was four fields; then it was three fields; then it was two fields – both of them to be made with synthetic grass. Acquiring the proper permits to accommodate a synthetic field instead of one fitted with sod took time and delayed the project about a year, Solaro said.

The synthetic grass option was presented by Steve Weiss, superintendent of parks for South Lake Tahoe. The fake grass is more expensive than a sod, but it does not require water or fertilizer, drains quickly after a storm and can endure three times as much play as a sod.

For now, project managers plan to just build the one field – which will be lighted and 225 feet wide by 360 feet long – and then wait to see if it is used enough to warrant construction of another field.

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