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City installs new FieldTurf at Sacajawea Middle School
The artificial turf at Sacajawea Middle School had seen better days.
When the surface was installed back in 2000, it became the first soccer/football field in the city of Federal Way’s parks system to use FieldTurf. But since that time, the surface at Sacajawea has hosted thousands of games and even more hours of practice time. The turf was showing its age, to say the least.
So the city stepped in and allocated $582,164 from the Federal Way Parks, Recreation and Community Development budget for capital projects to complete the replacement.
“This is a critical project for the city’s recreation program,” said Chris Carrel, the city’s communication and grant coordinator. “The years have taken their toll. The field is well past its original expected lifespan and was fast approaching the point of being unplayable.”
The field is located at 1101 S. Dash Point Road. The plan is for the field to be ready for its re-opening in early August, in time for the annual Blast Off soccer tournaments in Federal Way.
The Blast Off runs two weekends in a row and is the main fundraiser for the Federal Way Football Club. Last year, 187 teams came from all over the state to play at 12 different fields in Federal Way.
The soccer/football field at Sacajawea Middle School is one of only three lighted turf fields in Federal Way, along with Karl Grosch Field at Steel Lake Park and Federal Way Memorial Stadium.
According to Carrel, the field at Sacajawea is used by approximately 6,500 youth and adult athletes each year, along with the day-to-day use by the middle school students.
“The department estimates that the field is directly involved in 600 youth and adult soccer games and 675 hours of youth soccer training per year,” Carrel said.
In addition to the replacement of the FieldTurf surface, it also gives the city the opportunity to fix chronic drainage problems underneath the Sacajawea field that caused frequent flooding during moderate to heavy rain, Carrel said. The problems significantly reduced the amount of playable field hours.