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If everything goes according to plan, new turf field at Buzz Randall Stadium could be completed in June

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Estacada School District is moving forward with a turf field at Buzz Randall Stadium.

Estacada School District leaders are in the process of working on a design phase for a new turf field at Buzz Randall Stadium.

During a meeting Thursday, Dec. 9, the board voted to move forward with the purchase and installation of an artificial turf field at the stadium with an operating budget not to exceed $2 million. Board members also hope to collaborate with Estacada community members for in-kind donations for the project.

During a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 13, Estacada School District Operations Director Mike Waer noted that a field assessment for the project has been completed. Those involved with the project are in the process of submitting for local permits, in addition to the design phase.

While discussing a tentative project timeline, Waer said he anticipates receiving the approval of DEQ in March, around which time community resources could be used for preliminary earthwork and dirt removal.

Turf fabrication would occur in May, after which it would be transported to Estacada.

"The time that it takes for turf fabrication is three to four weeks, and then transporting it from the south will probably take a week or two. So, we're looking at about maybe a four to five week process for that," he said. "At that same time, the contractors that we're working with will be coming in and doing the final prepping of the actual turf field."

If all goes according to plan, the new field will be completed in June and ready to use for the 2022 graduation ceremony.

"I really want to stress the fact that this is a projected schedule. We have a lot of unknowns that we might run into but even with some wiggle room, this gives us a pretty good roadmap on where we need to go and where we will be in June. I'm very excited for the opportunity to move forward," Waer said.


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