Willamalane’s new sports fields are ready to play!
Willamalane recently doubled the number of fields at Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation to four, with funds from a voter-approved bond measure. In addition, the turf was replaced on Morrisette Field, one of the existing fields.
“We are so thankful to the Willamalane voters for passing the Parks, Trails and Natural Areas bond in 2012. The bond funds have made it possible for the district to finalize the vision of providing our community with a high quality sports facility that serves local needs and attracts athletes from throughout the region,” said Willamalane Superintendent Bob Keefer. “We will be working hard over the next year to assure that it is a showcase facility for our community,” he added.
The 10-year-old Morrisette Field, installed in 2003, was replaced with approximately 86,350 square feet of AstroTurf because it showed signs of deterioration and wear. The renovated field will be used for football, soccer and lacrosse. The two new 189,650-square-foot fields, located south of Morrisette Field, will be used for softball, soccer and baseball.
In addition to renovating and adding new sports fields, the project includes 55 new parking spaces and a new entry road; eight new field lighting poles and lights; and an approximately 7,200-square-foot concrete main entry plaza with water and power connections for up to four concession trailers. The budgeted cost of the turf sports fields project is $3.6 million.
Future improvements include a picnic shelter, additional restrooms, landscaped planter beds, a walking path and an upgraded playground.
“Our goal was to develop the area into a quality sports fields complex for the community and expand on Willamalane’s recreational programs,” said Vincent Martorello, Willamalane’s planning and development manager. “We also want to support the many community sporting activities held at the center.”
In fall 2012, voters approved a bond measure that funds a number of projects aimed at expanding trails; preserving parkland around hillsides, rivers and streams; upgrading sports fields; and conserving energy. Willamalane has made significant progress since the passage of the $20 million measure.