In preparation for their MLS playoff game last week against Atlanta United, Toronto practiced on Inter Atlanta FC’s new synthetic turf fields. Breedlove Land Planning (BLP) designed the fields, which involved converting over 220,000 SF of existing natural turf fields into 3 full regulation synthetic turf soccer fields.
Henry County recently held a ribbon cutting for the North Ola Park expansion project. Breedlove Land Planning worked with Henry County Parks & Recreation in 2015 to masterplan the multi-phased expansion. In 2017, BLP teamed with Sports Turf Companies, Inc. to provide Design Build services for the first phase of the project.
This recently completed first phase includes two new baseball fields, field irrigation, dugouts, bleachers, score towers and field lighting, as well as a bridge to connect the park expansion to the original park. Phase II of the project will add two more baseball fields, parking areas, pedestrian circulation, two concession / restroom buildings, septic field and a stormwater management facility.
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The Inter Atlanta FC Blues, a non-profit youth soccer organization, engaged Breedlove Land Planning (BLP) to convert over 220,000 SF of existing natural turf fields into 3 full regulation synthetic turf soccer fields. BLP led the client through the entire process including product selection, site design, permitting and construction administration. The project began with a thorough exploration of the various synthetic turf product offerings including a field tour to see actual products in action. BLP helped Inter Atlanta FC understand the pros and cons of various products as it relates to playability, aesthetics, costs, safety, durability and ongoing maintenance considerations. InterAtlanta FC ultimately landed on a premium turf combination which includes Shaw Legion Pro Dual Fiber Turf on a Brock Powerbase YSR shock pad with a geo-fill (coconut husk organic) infill. From there, BLP assisted with field layout options which allowed the club to expand beyond its existing pitch to maximize field configurations and tournament potential. In order to maximize the client’s desired field dimensions, BLP managed both earthwork and drainage needs with a low retaining wall which runs the length of the field on one side. BLP expeditiously designed and permitted all upgrades through the City of Atlanta. Once under construction, BLP worked closely with the contractor, Advanced Sports Group, and the product’s manufacturers, Shaw and Brock, to ensure that any necessary field adjustments continued to advance the final product. We are excited to celebrate that the result is one of the top synthetic turf fields around Metro Atlanta.
Matt Tanner and Bobby Molleur recently attended Barrow County School’s ribbon cutting for their new synthetic turf football fields at Apalachee High School and Winder Barrow High School. BLP designed the synthetic turf field conversions, which included removal of the existing natural turf fields and replacement with synthetic turf systems. These Barrow County high school fields are equipped with AstroTurf 3D3 turf system with Rootzone and a 17 mm Brock shock pad with organic BrockFill. BrockFill is the latest organic infill product that consists of engineered wood fiber from sustainably harvested trees. Both Brockfill and the AstroTurf system are also manufactured in Georgia.
This project is a great example of collaborative partnership between the community and the local school system. The Barrow County Parks and Recreation department shared in the costs of these fields, which will be an asset to the citizens of Barrow County and the school system.
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As football season gets underway, according to the AJC, this is the first year that more Georgia high schools will be playing on artificial turf fields than natural grass. Twenty-two high schools installed artificial turf on their home fields during the offseason, bringing the total to 212 high schools of the 422 in the Georgia High School Association.
Why the switch? High schools are seeing the benefits of artificial turf in less maintenance and year-round field use for various sports and events. So many schools are limited in their physical space and ability to maintain practice fields that can stand up to the use experienced in high school sports. With the growing popularity of soccer and lacrosse at the JV and varsity levels combined with football, school systems have found it difficult and expensive to maintain natural turf playing fields that can stand up to the year-round wear and tear. One of the biggest benefits of synthetic turf fields is the ability to play on them during or immediately after rain, no matter how large or small the storm. From a maintenance standpoint, artificial turf eliminates the need for irrigation, fertilizing, mowing, top dressing, aerating, and painting field markings.
BLP has designed over 30 artificial turf fields, including four of the high school field conversions installed this year: Apalachee and Winder-Barrow in Barrow County; and Duluth and South Gwinnett in Gwinnett County. BLP also designed new fields this year for Inter Atlanta FC Soccer and Eastside Elementary School in Cobb County.
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Breedlove Land Planning recently attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for Village Park at North Henry, a 32 acre park in the Fairview community of Henry County. The park, with it’s village green feature, will serve as the community hub for special events and holiday celebrations. In addition, the park offers a splash pad water feature, a community facility, multiple picnic pavilions, (2) two multi-purpose sports fields and miles of multi-use trails. Breedlove Land Planning enjoyed working with Henry County SPLOST in programming, master planning and construction documentation for this great community amenity. Follow this link for more images of the ribbon cutting ceremony:
Over the Fall of 2012, Breedlove Land Planning worked with Georgia Tech Facilities, Capital Planning and Space Management and Recreation departments to fast track the design and approval of the Roe Stamps Field renovation master plan. This 53 page documents provides guidance for the redevelopment of what is arguably the most heavily used multi-purpose athletic field in the Southeast United States. Since the completion of this master plan, BLP was approved to produce and permit construction documents. With little time to waste, this multimillion dollar site renovation project was been designed, engineered and submitted for permitting. By the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, we hope to see this project completed. More updates will follow as progress continues!