August 2013

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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F.O.Y. F i e l d o f t h e Ye a r Waukegan (IL) SportsPark Field #2 Level of Submission: Schools/Parks Category of Submission: Soccer Head Sports Turf Manager: Noel T. Brusius Title: Parks Maintenance Worker III - Athletic Fields Education: Bachelor's degree, GIS & Sports Turf Management, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Experience: 1999-2004: Oshkosh Area School District: Athletic Field Maintenance Worker. 2005: St. Paul Saints, Ground Crew Intern. 2006-2007: Detroit Tigers, Ground Crew. 2008-2010: Peoria Chiefs/Bradley University, Head Groundskeeper. November 2010-Present:Waukegan Park District SportsPark Sports Turf Manager. Full-time staff: Noel Brusius, Tony Diaz Other crew to recognize: Steve Ems, Carlos Aguayo, Joe Ayala, Ted Holisky, Lance Moon, Billy Biang, Stan Cielesz, and Taylor Carlile 32 SportsTurf | August 2013 Original construction: 2010 Turfgrass variety: 70% Kentucky bluegrass: NuChicago, Rush, Everest, Award, Beyond; 30% perennial ryegrass: CSI, Reverge GLX, Accent Overseed: Entire field in Spring/Fall using a Seed-a-vator set at 2 lbs/1000 - 70/30 mix. Goal mouths overseeded weekly during use: in-play months: 100% Perennial Ryegrass with 50% CSI (Rhizomatic); out of play months: 70/30 Kentucky Blue Mix. Centers, sidelines, etc. overseeded as necessary; routinely after tournaments. 2012 Totals through 10/1 - (fall seeding not yet started): Seeda-vator: 4 times (3/27, 5/21, 8/21, 9/14) = 300 lbs. Goal mouths: 18 times = 54 lbs. Other areas (centers, sidelines, etc): 19 lbs. Total overseed (through 10/1) = 373 lbs. Drainage: Fields 2&3 were graded in pairs, in a uniform plane diagonally at a consistent 1.25% slope. The slope is from the NW corner to the SE corner. CHALLENGES The overwhelming challenge in maintaining adequate turfgrass on this field is related to two very common issues that occur when a field is constructed using native soils: 1, the soil was aggressively compacted by the contractor in order to meet grading

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