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Posted on: June 24, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Summit’s Investors Bank Field Turf Replacement Project Begins

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The artificial turf at Investors Bank Field located in Tatlock Park will get a needed face lift this summer beginning Monday, June 27, 2016. The field will get new artificial turf as well as new field equipment. State of the art football and soccer goals will be part of the project, along with new and improved safety netting.

The artificial turf is manufactured by the Desso Sports Systems Company. Through a special arrangement with Desso, the new artificial turf is a professional level turf, the first of its kind to be installed at a high school field.

The project will cause a minor disturbance for those that use the track at Investors Bank Field. The track will be closed during the construction for the safety of all involved. Walkers and runners can still use the path that runs along the actual track, but the gates leading to the track will be closed. The project is expected to take up to 6 weeks to be completed, but good weather conditions could help to complete the project in lesser time.

The project is the result of several years of research with representatives from the City of Summit, the Summit Board of Education and SHS Athletic Department. The work will be performed by Elite Synthetic Surfaces of Williston Park, NY. The design for the project was done by Tom Miller of Premier Product Development of Moorestown, NJ. PPD was the design firm that was responsible for the four new lighted tennis courts also found at Tatlock Park.

The total cost of the project was $635,293 and was funded through three sources. The City of Summit Capital Budget, the Union County Kids Recreation Trust Fund Grant and the Field Restoration Program.

Investors Bank Field is also slated for a renovation of the current bleachers and press box. That work is expected to begin following the SHS Football Season. Bids are current being sought for a new sound system for the field for this season.

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