OUR VISION

The North Royalton “Turf the Field” initiative is the first broad scale collaborative effort in the North Royalton District among parents, community members, business leaders, and the admini-stration. The project calls for complete renovation of the visitors side of the field; replacement of existing home grandstands; upgrade of the concession stand and restroom facilities; installation of an all-weather track; and installation of a synthetic turf field, creating a multi-purpose facility to serve the football, soccer, baseball, softball, band, golf, and cheerleading programs; as well as many athletic, community, recreational, and school events.The North Royalton “Turf the Field” initiative is the first broad scale collaborative effort in the North Royalton District among parents, community members, business leaders, and the admini-stration. The project calls for complete renovation of the visitors side of the field; replacement of existing home grandstands; upgrade of the concession stand and restroom facilities; installation of an all-weather track; and installation of a synthetic turf field, creating a multi-purpose facility to serve the football, soccer, baseball, softball, band, golf, and cheerleading programs; as well as many athletic, community, recreational, and school events.

 

 

WHY NOW 

A group of concerned alumni, parents, and friends of the North Royalton schools has formed to voluntarily raise $1,300,000 in funds to improve and expand the stadium facilities to better serve students, parents and the community. The goal is to bring needed improve-ments to the district without additional tax dollars. These funds would be in addition to monies ear-marked by the school district for stadium repair and upgrades, including handicap accessibility, restroom facilities, and concession areas. Construction would begin Spring 2011 and be completed prior to the Fall 2011 season.

While the obvious benefactors of this project are the current and future athletes, cheerleaders, and band members, the community will benefit as well. The turf field and accompanying physical improvements will provide a facility that diverse community groups and organizations can utilize proudly. Having a state-of-the-art facility makes the school district more attractive, thereby increasing property values. This project is a win-win for everyone.

 

OUR CASE

The North Royalton Stadium is frequently referred to as “the football field,” but football is only one sport that utilizes the natural grass field. In fact, the “football field” is home to several sports and activities for both boys and girls. In addition to JV and Varsity football, other ac-tivities that utilize the stadium are track and field, marching band, and some physical education class activities. Some, such as the marching band, are kept off the field until show time (due to wear and tear on the grass field), forced to practice their precision routines somewhere other than where they perform. There are many other uses of the field that are frequently not an option due to wear and tear on the field. These include boys and girls soccer games and practices; practices for baseball, softball, golf, and cheerleading; and physical education classes, youth sports, school assemblies, and community activities.

Research shows that a natural grass field in a high school environ-ment is used about 5% of the time. The grass does not respond well to play in wet conditions or overuse which compacts the soil and damages the field’s surface. In an effort to maintain the natural grass, use is severely restricted and our students and athletes are forced to play and/or practice in less-than optimal conditions. Installation of synthetic turf would create a versatile multi-purpose facility, providing for the potential to host over 300 school and community events, per year, as well as regional sports playoffs and tournaments.

According to the OHSAA, at least 69 public and private schools throughout Ohio currently have synthetic turf fields, including nearly 10% of all football playing schools. Synthetic turf replicates the look and playability of natural grass, allowing for more playing time and without the need for resource-intensive maintenance. Maintenance cost savings are estimated to be about $40,000, annually.