Athletic fields

Council approves over $8 million contract for turf sports fields

CHARLESTON, West Virginia (WSAZ) — A contract worth more than $8 million to turf 10 city-owned sports fields was approved Tuesday night by the Charleston City Council.

Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin said the $8.1 million contract with Turf Alliance is an investment in the community as a whole.

“This multi-million dollar investment in our ball diamonds is more than an investment in our parks and recreation facilities,” Goodwin said in a press release. “This is an investment in our athletes, sports teams and communities, providing increased playing time, promoting safety on the field, reducing maintenance time and lowering maintenance costs. In addition, this investment will also offer our Capital new opportunities for sports tourism.

The mayor said the following fields will be part of the project:

– Bigley Field 1 – Superior

– Bigley Field 2 – Lower

– Cato Park Lower Football Field

– Cato Park Upper Football Pitch

– Kanawha Municipal League Small Field

– Kanawha City Softball / University of Charleston Field

– Martin Luther King, Jr Center Complex

– North Charleston Little League Field

– Field Power Park

– Suppa Little League/Softball field

“We are thrilled to launch this project and look forward to seeing the first games played on these new grounds,” said Goodwin.

Work is expected to begin in late summer or early fall.

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