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Aug 24

Operations + Environmental Services Division Update - July 17, 2014

Posted on August 24, 2014 at 3:09 PM by Suzanne Iarla

The Operations Environmental Services Division has been managing the City's involvement in two field maintenance and repair projects in El Cerrito. The first project is a turf enhancement to Canyon Trail upper athletic field, which has been made possible, thanks to $2,500 in matching contributions from the El Cerrito Futbol Club and Prospect Sierra School. Work to repair wear damage, improve irrigation and field health, and enhance quality of play began on June 15 and will be officially completed - after a necessary turf establishment period of 30 to 45 days - on July 28. The Division and its partners completed this project as an example of the maintenance efforts that should be completed as part of a healthy maintenance program for all athletic fields in the City. Such activities are not currently an option given present funding levels, but are needed in order to sustain El Cerrito's fields, especially given their high level of use (daily from February through November).

The other project involves the West Contra Costa Unified School District's testing, removal and recompaction of soil material in the outfield at Castro Park athletic field. In Fall of 2013, the District's contractor's for the middle school construction project dug a storm drain trench through the outfield of Castro field. After completion of the trench work and subsequent sod installation, much of the soil in the work area experienced several inches of subsidence. This recent work to recompact the trench area should resolve concerns about future soil subsidence, and will return the field back to its prior - pre-trench condition. District contractors will also amend soil and resod most of the outfield area prior to the start of the Fall 2014 sports seasons, in late August. The City and District are currently working to affirm the District's commitment to renovate this field and its amenities, and hope to have a firm project lead, scope, and implementation schedule in place by the end of this Summer.

For more information about either of these projects, please contact Garth Schultz, Manager, Operations Environmental Services Division, at  510-559-7684.