Baltimore city in Maryland State is a beautiful place to live in and has been a devoted sports town. However, resident of the city are concern that some sports students will not have a place to play. According to the Baltimore news, high school football team near Baltimore city will be competing on the field of grass and soil that has been there for two years because the project to replace with modern artificial turf is still on hold.
Artificial grass fields, which cut costs on maintenance and decrease risk of injuries, have already been installed at Wild Lake, Long Reach, Oakland Mills, Atholton and Hammond high schools. But the construction at Glenelg high is on hold because of the septic field underneath the football surface. In the early 2000s, the football field was torn up so that a new septic field could be installed to facilitate expansion of the school. A couple of years after they put the septic field underneath the sports surface, the grass would never grow as good as it used to.
Last year, the boys and girls sports teams had to play all of their home games on Western Regional's artificial turf fields due to wear and tear on Glenelg's field during the fall. After the game was over, everybody agreed that playing on synthetic turf was comfortable and durable with no pits and bumps like grass fields have. But it was not their home field, and disappointed players and fans are worried that they would play off campus again this upcoming spring.
For two years, coaches and players are requesting to replace the natural grass with artificial turf. Many are disappointed with the hold up on this project, but they do not have much of the control of the decision. Working through the issues inherent to the 56-year old high school has been challenging, but coaches and players are maintaining an optimistic outlook. The Baltimore County had every intention of installing artificial turf this summer, but the unexpected difficulty with the old septic field disrupted the project.
Because they know that there is always some complication with their grass field, coaches and students are not excited about the progress of the artificial grass project and are staying neutral on the updates from workers. On late July, the Howard County ground crews went to work reinstalling top soil and grass in preparation for the fall football home games. The engineers want to be sure before the installation what is under the field's surface so that not to stumble on the issues in the future. They are trying to install artificial grass in eight weeks when the school is in the summer break, and any delays that could acquire due to weather, literally puts the engineers in a tough position.
For two years, the high school near Baltimore had a project to put synthetic grass was on hold. But next year, the coaches are confident that Glenelg will join Mt. Hebron, River Hill and Centennial, as the last quarter of Baltimore County public high schools to have the artificial turf fields installed.