Artificial Turf Coming To More Arlington Heights Schools.
District 214 will be getting artificial turf fields this year thanks to a cost-sharing partnership with local park districts and other groups. The schools getting the new turf are: Buffalo Grove, Prospect and Rolling Meadows. Just in time for the football season!
Artificial turf is very expensive (approx. $1 million per field). The cost will be split between District 214 (Buffalo Grove and Prospect high schools evenly) and the Buffalo Grove and Mount Prospect park districts. Elite Soccer of America Inc., will share the cost at Rolling Meadows High School. This agreement will allow the park districts and Elite Soccer shared use of the fields.
Wheeling and Hersey high schools installed synthetic turf fields last year through partnerships with the Wheeling and Arlington Heights park districts.
Plasn for artificial turf at Elk Grove High School are on hold.
“It’s not that we’re not interested in a sixth (field). We’re continuing to look for partnerships and working with them,” Schuler said. “With the drainage and flooding issues in that area it makes sense for us to wait a little longer before we proceed.”
One of the district’s preformed a study regarding the cost of the fields, according to the study, by sharing the costs with partners, the fields will pay for themselves in less than nine years.
Mount Prospect and Buffalo Grove park districts are expected to approve the intergovernmental agreements later this month.