October 2014

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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R enovation of a baseball field at the amateur, collegiate, or professional level can be a daunt- ing and expensive task. However, when the condition or appearance of a field warrants a "makeover," dollars should be secondary to player safety, and at the professional level, the overall aesthetics of the playing surface. In the fall of 2012, Parkview Field in downtown Fort Wayne, IN home of the San Diego Padres Class A affili- ate Fort Wayne TinCaps, was the site for a complete field renovation. Constructed in the fall of 2008 for a spring 2009 opening, the field was dominated by poa annua. Despite win- ning Midwest League Field of the Year awards in 2010, 2011, and 2012, the front office, field manager, and city officials (the ballpark is owned by the City of Fort Wayne), agreed that field replacement was necessary. Planning for the project actually begin a year earlier as The Motz Group, the original field contractor, was contacted in regards to a replacement schedule. Pre-renovation planning is paramount in paving the way for a smooth, efficient, and cost-effective agenda. First and foremost, the dollars need to be allocated to do the work. Most complete field renova- Field Science | By Keith Winter Renovating Parkview Field in Fort Wayne 16 SportsTurf | October 2014

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