Artificial turf to be installed on recreational fields on UTSA Main Campus

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Artificial turf installation at Recreational Field Complex, UTSA Main Campus

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(June 27, 2011)--Installation began in May of synthetic grass turf at the recreational fields on the west side of the UTSA Main Campus. Covered by real grass since 2005, the new turf will save water and maintenance costs. The project coordinated by the Office of Facilities is expected to be complete by the end of summer.

The 10-acre Recreational Field Complex is west of the running track and south of the men's baseball field. The turf project will include construction of a 10-foot walking and jogging track surrounding the fields.

The eco-friendly turf offers many benefits over natural grass in San Antonio's persistent dry weather. With no need for maintenance such as fertilizing, seeding, mowing and watering, the turf will benefit UTSA and the environment through an estimated savings of approximately 4.7 million gallons of water per year. UTSA also will receive a San Antonio Water System rebate because of water conservation.

The additional benefits of the low-maintenance, all-weather surface of artificial turf are predictable field conditions, year-round use and extended playing time, since the fields do not have to recover from wear or inclement weather. The crumb-rubber infill of the turf is made from recycled tires and resembles natural grass in shape and texture.

The Recreational Field Complex will continue to house intramural sports, club sports and open recreation programs, which currently provide activities for UTSA students to participate in recreational sports such as flag football, outdoor soccer, lacrosse, softball, rugby and ultimate Frisbee.

>> The field hours of operation for the fall and spring semesters will be 1-11:45 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; 1-8 p.m., Friday; and 1-4 p.m., Saturday. For more information, visit the UTSA Campus Recreation website.

>> For construction information and a map of the recreation field site, visit the UTSA Facilities website or contact Facilities Work Control at 210-458-4262.