A soil composition test at the school district's existing Grabinski Field and soccer field near the intermediate and middle school building revealed the water table stands at 3.5 feet, making it inadequate to hold everything needed to add synthetic turf there.
The Spring Lake school board on Monday night approved amending the athletic portion of the November bond proposal to move the baseball, football and soccer fields to the current high school site. The change would bring all sports to that Spring Lake Township location.
The school board approved the bond campaign in June for what is called Concept C, which would construct a single elementary “super school” to house grades K-4, along with other upgrades throughout the district.
Superintendent Dennis Furton said bringing the existing field up to par would have added a “significant amount of expense.”
Jim Conner, senior project manager for the Barton Malow Co. — which is working with the district on the project — said the athletic field's current location and original plan isn’t a viable option. He said they could raise the field by 4 feet, but that would result in the ground being too heavy.
Had the district moved forward with lifting up the ground, it would have raised the projected costs by $1.4 million to $1.7 million, Conner said.
“It’s a messy operation,” he said.
Overall, the proposed $60 million bond proposal won’t change, but it will require an additional $500,000. Furton said they are working with the architectural firm to identify contingencies to decrease and focus monies on the improvement.
The high school would become a “one stop place for athletics,” Furton said. The current fields would be maintained at lower levels, but utilized for youth and middle school sporting events.
Although the fields would move to a site north of the high school and Spring Lake Fitness and Aquatic Center, Furton said their current names will remain to continue the legacy.
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