Sprague Fields Turf Replacement - Update No. 1
The Sprague Field Turf Replacement project is progressing as scheduled. The existing Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) and sand infill were removed from the old synthetic green turf (figure 1) and are temporarily being stored in large white storage bags in the maintenance facility parking lot (figure 2) The old infill will be mixed along with new additional TPE and reused on fields 2 and 3 once the new synthetic turf is placed. The infill is similar to fine sand which helps with traction and keeps the synthetic grass in an upright position.
Once the infill was removed, the old synthetic turf was rolled up and removed from the site (figure 3.) A portion of the green turf material will be shipped off-site to be recycled in Malaysia where the material will be deconstructed and the fibers recycled into different poly type products such as edge details, poly lumbers and etc. The other portion will be reused by a Florida company where they find second lives for used turf products. The old shock pads which were used under the turf were rolled up (figure 4) and will be removed/disposed from the site next week. The shock pads are used to absorb sudden impacts and minimize injury to field users.
Over the next few days, the sand/gravel sub-grade will be fine graded (figure 5) and compacted (figure 6) before the new shock pads are placed over the fields.