Waterdown District High School still on list to receive artificial turf field

News Nov 03, 2016 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

Waterdown District High School is slated to receive an artificial turf sports field.

Ward 15 trustee Penny Deathe said at some point in the future, a new playing surface will be installed, as part of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board’s secondary school revitalization plan.

“Waterdown is targeted to get an artificial turf field,” she said. “We are on the list.”

A 2014 executive report to the board’s Finance and Facilities Committee recommends WDHS as one of four secondary schools to receive artificial turf alongside Nora Frances Henderson, New North and Sir Winston Churchill. The board approved the fields for Sir Winston Churchill in 2013 and North in 2014.

According to the report, the installation of an artificial turf field costs $1.5 million, plus annual maintenance costs of $25,000 for 10 years. 

Maintenance would include regular brushing, aerating, raking, sweeping and sanitary cleaning.

Renewal at the end of the 10-year term – which would mean partial or complete replacement of the turf at a cost of $900,000.

In terms of pros, the field would allow for a longer season – from April to October – as well as more hours of play time per week and lower annual maintenance. 

However, cons include a long-term funding strategy – which could mean hourly rental rates or a renewal fund – as well the fact that the surface can be a heat hazard in the summer months. There are also bacterial concerns with a turf field, which would require sanitary cleaning, and turf fields are environmentally unfriendly and would require soil remediation to convert the turf back to a natural field.

On the WDHS website, the project is listed as part of a larger, $20-million renovation at the school. WDHS has already received a building addition and extensive renovations, which were completed in 2011. As well, science labs, the learning commons and gymnasium floors were updated.

Deathe said that going forward, the board is aligning its elementary and secondary program strategies. “Our long-term facilities master plan was actually kind of halted last year,” she said. “We kind of determined what our new and renewal needs are.”

She said last school year the board had a $300-million backlog in repairs and renewal.

“We’ve just received some additional funding to help with renewal, but we’ve got a lot of old schools,” she explained. “In this area, Mary Hopkins – we always call her our ‘grand old lady,’ but she is. I think it’s one of the only schools in the system with a boiler, and those are major expenses, to replace that.”

Waterdown District High School still on list to receive artificial turf field

News Nov 03, 2016 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

Waterdown District High School is slated to receive an artificial turf sports field.

Ward 15 trustee Penny Deathe said at some point in the future, a new playing surface will be installed, as part of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board’s secondary school revitalization plan.

“Waterdown is targeted to get an artificial turf field,” she said. “We are on the list.”

A 2014 executive report to the board’s Finance and Facilities Committee recommends WDHS as one of four secondary schools to receive artificial turf alongside Nora Frances Henderson, New North and Sir Winston Churchill. The board approved the fields for Sir Winston Churchill in 2013 and North in 2014.

According to the report, the installation of an artificial turf field costs $1.5 million, plus annual maintenance costs of $25,000 for 10 years. 

Maintenance would include regular brushing, aerating, raking, sweeping and sanitary cleaning.

Renewal at the end of the 10-year term – which would mean partial or complete replacement of the turf at a cost of $900,000.

In terms of pros, the field would allow for a longer season – from April to October – as well as more hours of play time per week and lower annual maintenance. 

However, cons include a long-term funding strategy – which could mean hourly rental rates or a renewal fund – as well the fact that the surface can be a heat hazard in the summer months. There are also bacterial concerns with a turf field, which would require sanitary cleaning, and turf fields are environmentally unfriendly and would require soil remediation to convert the turf back to a natural field.

On the WDHS website, the project is listed as part of a larger, $20-million renovation at the school. WDHS has already received a building addition and extensive renovations, which were completed in 2011. As well, science labs, the learning commons and gymnasium floors were updated.

Deathe said that going forward, the board is aligning its elementary and secondary program strategies. “Our long-term facilities master plan was actually kind of halted last year,” she said. “We kind of determined what our new and renewal needs are.”

She said last school year the board had a $300-million backlog in repairs and renewal.

“We’ve just received some additional funding to help with renewal, but we’ve got a lot of old schools,” she explained. “In this area, Mary Hopkins – we always call her our ‘grand old lady,’ but she is. I think it’s one of the only schools in the system with a boiler, and those are major expenses, to replace that.”

Waterdown District High School still on list to receive artificial turf field

News Nov 03, 2016 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

Waterdown District High School is slated to receive an artificial turf sports field.

Ward 15 trustee Penny Deathe said at some point in the future, a new playing surface will be installed, as part of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board’s secondary school revitalization plan.

“Waterdown is targeted to get an artificial turf field,” she said. “We are on the list.”

A 2014 executive report to the board’s Finance and Facilities Committee recommends WDHS as one of four secondary schools to receive artificial turf alongside Nora Frances Henderson, New North and Sir Winston Churchill. The board approved the fields for Sir Winston Churchill in 2013 and North in 2014.

According to the report, the installation of an artificial turf field costs $1.5 million, plus annual maintenance costs of $25,000 for 10 years. 

Maintenance would include regular brushing, aerating, raking, sweeping and sanitary cleaning.

Renewal at the end of the 10-year term – which would mean partial or complete replacement of the turf at a cost of $900,000.

In terms of pros, the field would allow for a longer season – from April to October – as well as more hours of play time per week and lower annual maintenance. 

However, cons include a long-term funding strategy – which could mean hourly rental rates or a renewal fund – as well the fact that the surface can be a heat hazard in the summer months. There are also bacterial concerns with a turf field, which would require sanitary cleaning, and turf fields are environmentally unfriendly and would require soil remediation to convert the turf back to a natural field.

On the WDHS website, the project is listed as part of a larger, $20-million renovation at the school. WDHS has already received a building addition and extensive renovations, which were completed in 2011. As well, science labs, the learning commons and gymnasium floors were updated.

Deathe said that going forward, the board is aligning its elementary and secondary program strategies. “Our long-term facilities master plan was actually kind of halted last year,” she said. “We kind of determined what our new and renewal needs are.”

She said last school year the board had a $300-million backlog in repairs and renewal.

“We’ve just received some additional funding to help with renewal, but we’ve got a lot of old schools,” she explained. “In this area, Mary Hopkins – we always call her our ‘grand old lady,’ but she is. I think it’s one of the only schools in the system with a boiler, and those are major expenses, to replace that.”