Willamalane is expanding and renovating its sports fields on South 32nd Street.
On Wednesday, crews began work to replace the warn and torn, 11-year-old synthetic turf on Morrisette Field. A typical lifespan is eight years. Even though it’s old, it’s not useless.
“We’re able to donate some of it locally. Junction City High School is going to be taking some of it out there. The rest of the turf is going to be rolled up, and on those semis it will be taken up to Washington where it’s recycled,” said Jake Risley, Willamalane project manager.
It’ll take about a week to remove and install more than 86,000 square feet of AstroTurf.
In the meantime, work should be finished this summer on two new fields for softball, soccer and baseball. The entire project is funded by bond measure money.