Truckee soccer field receives facelift |

Truckee soccer field receives facelift

Sylas Wright / Sierra SunDon Donovan of Western Turf lays out a roll of sod onto the new Truckee soccer field as Jordan Fereira drags the field from a tractor on Tuesday.

Three months ago, the Truckee High soccer field was little more than an eyesore and#8212; a lumpy, rock-strewn piece of land with crater-like sprinkler holes and equal parts dirt to sparse, sickly green grass.

But that was then.

Thanks to an ambitious volunteer effort led by Truckee’s soccer coaches, and backed by many local businesses, the field underwent a radical transformation over the summer, wrapping up with three days of sod-laying this past Tuesday through Thursday.

and#8220;It’s finally almost over,and#8221; said JV girls’ head coach Travis Spencer, who, along with a dozen or so Truckee players, helped fit strips of sod together once rolled onto the field.

The new grass turf will require about six weeks of watering before games can be played on it, said Spencer, who marveled at the improvement over the old field, which was deemed unsafe for competition in recent years.

and#8220;It could be all dirt and it would be an improvement, because at least it would be flat,and#8221; Spencer said of the field, which is located between the school’s football stadium and Sierra Mountain Community Education Center.

Aside from the sprinkler holes and generally uneven surface, the old field was in desperate need of an overhaul due to its antiquated sprinkler system, said Casey Eberhardt, head coach of the varsity boys.

Because many of the parts aren’t even made anymore, any minor issues with the old sprinkler system were nearly impossible to resolve, and the grass paid the price. The field also would become dusty from not being watered in the summer and would then be overtaken by weeds once tryouts began in the fall.

Truckee was forced to host games at either River View Sports Park or the football stadium, while the JV squads played at Alder Creek Middle School. The Truckee teams will continue to use the alternate venues until the newly constructed field is ready on Sept. 15, a date they’ll celebrate with a and#8220;friendlyand#8221; against El Camino High School.

and#8220;I’m pretty stoked on it,and#8221; Eberhardt said of the new field, adding that it will measure 65 yards wide by 110 yards long, with a and#8220;professional-leveland#8221; drainage system. and#8220;It’s been a lot of work, so it’s nice to see the final results. It’s pretty much a 100 percent reversal.and#8221;

The results would not have been possible without the generosity of local businesses. Nearly 30 businesses stepped up to provide either material or labor or donate money to the project. About the only thing that wasn’t donated was the sod, which was purchased with a combination of funds raised by the Truckee soccer teams and from the school district.

and#8220;It’s been pretty cool,and#8221; Spencer said of the community support. and#8220;There are lots of them (businesses). Most everybody in town that we hit up was willing to help in one way or another. It was awesome.and#8221;

The next phase of the project will involve the construction of a multi-use scoreboard to be used for soccer and track and field, Eberhardt said, perhaps by next spring.

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