Bond proposal changes

A high water table has changed plans for the Spring Lake Public Schools bond proposal.
Krystle Wagner
Aug 20, 2013

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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Back to the Wall

Where is the water table at 148th and Leonard? I suspect it is within 4 feet of the ground there, too.


Not would be nice to have a better setup for soccer, but SL's football and baseball fields are least they were last I saw them and when I went to school there. Parking should not be an issue once all is completed with the relocation of the bus garage and the super elementary (should this proposal pass). Wasted money moving Grabinski Field and Hickman Field...leave them alone. Just my opinion.


ohreally, I don't know when you went to school there but at this point the stadiums are very substandard compared to everywhere else. Go check out the other local football stadiums and then visit ours. This is a sorely needed upgrade. Plus, the HS athletic fields should be at the HS - just makes sense.


Wake-up people, here we go again with taxes, even if Spring Lake Public Schools have been very successful with managing the school budget. Construction costs have always been below what they promise, it is time that property taxes be controlled and possibly reduced, not raised every time that a special interest group needs funds. Just food for thought, because I just believe all taxes must be restricted and used more wisely, not increased for social or entertainment fringe benefits. Thanks.

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