SFMA & PE Host Successful Field Rebuild In WPB

SFMA and Project Evergreen (PE) teamed up to make-over Howard Park’s softball field in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Sun., Jan. 12.

The field needed a renovation to keep it a vibrant part of the community. It receives heavy usage and the multi-use outfield needed enhancements to allow it to become a sustainable playing surface to handle the heavy use it gets on a daily and weekly basis.

Seventy-five volunteers including sports field managers, lawn care professionals, landscape contractors and groundskeepers assisted with the transformation that had an estimated value in excess of $50,000. The project included leveling and refurbishing the existing softball infield and refurbishing the warning tracks. It involved core aeration, fertilization and slit seeding the entire outfield turf from the infield radius to the warning track, which is approximately 60,000 square feet. The group inspected and adjusted irrigation heads and replaced as necessary as well as rebuilt the pitcher’s mound and batter’s boxes/catcher’s box and installed a new home plate. The infield was also top dressed with two tons of conditioner.

This is the second project that SFMA and PE co-led. Last year, a field rebuild was conducted at a Phoenix Park in advance of SFMA’s national conference.