School district may get loan from city for turf

first_img Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake At Crescenta Valley High, parents and residents formed a group called CV Can and raised $1.4 million to pay for most of the installation cost of a track and field. Glendale Community College recently installed a synthetic grass field on its campus, the same kind the GUSD wants. It looks just like real grass, with long green blades and tiny rubber pellets, said Jim Sartoris, the college’s athletic director. The field is expected to last about 15 years, and replacing it will cost less than installing it in the first place. While natural grass fields get holes and ruts, that’s less of a problem on synthetic fields. Plus, proponents say it reduces injuries. “It’s very soft; it’s very friendly to the shins,” Sartoris said. If the loan is approved, the GUSD plans to start construction of the artificial field turf and synthetic tracks at Glendale and Crescenta Valley highs within weeks. GLENDALE – City officials are considering lending the school district $1.8 million to install an artificial grass field and all-weather track at Glendale High School, and the district plans to install the same turf and track material at Crescenta Valley High. Votes today from the city’s Redevelopment Agency and the Glendale Unified School District board are expected to kick-start the process, with completion expected by June. Proponents of the synthetic grass fields say they are safer and sturdier, requiring less upkeep than natural grass. Because of that, they would stay open and available more often to the community, officials said. The city’s loan to Glendale High would come with 4 percent interest, meaning the school district would pay about $3.4 million over 20 years. That’s the amount the city is obligated to share with the district over that span, per state law. last_img read more