The New Hope-Solebury Board of School Directors on Thursday night will consider developing a plan to renovate the district’s athletic field and track at an estimated cost of $1.7 million.
The athletic field is currently comprised of natural grass, and Lentz said that artificial turf holds up better in adverse conditions, like rain. Artificial turf is made up of synthetic fibers that stand up to heavy use, and need no irrigation or trimming.
He also said the track is in need of an update.
“The surface of the track is cracking and damaged,” said Lentz. “It’s still usable, but the longer you go and not resurface, the subsurface becomes damaged. It’s something we want to deal with proactively.”
The school board at its regular meeting Thursday night will consider approving the development of a plan by athletic field and facility designers ELA Sports. Resurfacing the track is estimated to cost $200,000, and the price tag for a new synthetic field is $1.5 million.
Some have expressed concern about the potential tax impact of additional sports-related expenditures, including New Hope Borough Council. But Lentz said the sports field and track should be priorities.
“There’s a number of projects we have to look at, and something needs to be done to the field,” he said. “Whether it’s turf or resurfacing, in any campus there are projects that need to get done, and this one of them.”
The New Hope-Solebury Board of School Directors will meet Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Upper Elementary School LGI Room.