Bellevue will celebrate the installation of synthetic turf fields at Robinswood Sports Park with an event Saturday featuring sports exhibitions and appearances by Seattle Sounders players.
The celebration, 10 a.m. to noon at the park, 2430-148th Ave. SE, will begin with a ribbon cutting, followed by youth soccer and lacrosse teams participating in demonstration scrimmages and an interactive parks video survey. A soccer clinic, with the Sounders, and a lacrosse clinic will be held at the same time.
Refreshments will be available. The first 500 visitors will each receive a free T-shirt.
The $2.4 million park renovation, of which $450,000 was paid for by state and county grants, included the conversion of both existing soccer fields from natural grass to synthetic turf and a new large warm-up area.
Similar to the playing surfaces at Husky Stadium and Qwest Field, the synthetic turf will be less muddy and will require far less maintenance than the grass. The new turf will require no costly mowing, watering, fertilizing or reseeding.
The new surface will also provide another advantage – a significant increase in playing time. The synthetic turf will be more durable than grass and will allow for year-round increased sports programming and general recreation use.
The fields will not only be able to support organized soccer leagues and camps but also the growing interest in lacrosse and other programmed sports. As always, the fields will be open to the community for general recreation use when not scheduled.
A new walking path encircles the fields and a plaza area has been built for tournaments and events. Surrounding landscaping enhances the park and maintains its natural look.
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