Filip Sprawa, centre, sews Astroturf together with the help of the nine-person crew at Oak Bay High where the replacement turf is being installed. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Turf replacement installed at Oak Bay High

New Astroturf will be ready for school, sports still cancelled

The replacement artificial turf is being installed at Oak Bay High following the removal of a faulty product.

School District 61, Oak Bay High and Bays United soccer association won’t have to pay for the new warranty-approved AstroTurf that has been installed in place of the five-year-old turf that was shedding blades of plastic grass into Bowker Creek in November of last year.

The starting costs for the new turf field would have been about $5 a square foot, or $400,000, as it’s about 80,000 square feet, said project manager Brian Woodruff.

“Unfortunately it was a manufacturing issue,” Woodruff said during day three of the five-day installation process on Friday. “The new turf has a different grass fibre. The old turf was done with glue and this new one is sewn.”

The new turf is an upgrade and has a better underlay. It uses a blend of silica sand as a ballast to weigh the mats down. The sand is blended with spongy plastic pellets that act as cushions for users.

READ ALSO: Oak Bay High soccer turf closed indefinitely as plastic sheds into Bowker Creek

The problem with the old turf was with the adhesion, said new Oak Bay High principal Tom Aerts, who arrived from Reynolds secondary this summer to replace the retiring Randi Falls.

The old grass fibres weren’t sticking to the rubber bottom, came loose, and then were tracked and blew off the field, ending up in Bowker Creek and flowing into Willows Beach, as Oak Bay News initially reported.

The field will be ready to use next week though there is no indication in sight for a return-to-play for community-based and school sports. B.C. School Sports will make that decision for Oak Bay High and SD61, while the B.C. Soccer Association has been working towards a return-to-play but is not there yet.

However, Oak Bay High will use the field for physical education classes and as space for small groups to play safely away from others.

“We’re fortunate that it’s able to be done, and we’ll be excited to host our first game there and hopefully sooner than later,” Aerts said.

reporter@oakbaynews.com


 

Do you have a story tip? Email: vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca.

Follow us on on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

Oak Bay High School

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Langford racing enthusiast back in driver’s seat of life after surviving aggressive cancer

70-year-old David Smith finishes mid-pack in Canada 200 race at Western Speedway

New nurse practitioner-led medical clinic welcomes Victoria patients

Health Care on Yates expects to serve 6,800 new patients over the next three years

Central Saanich needs at least more than 500 additional daycare spaces

Report before Central Saanich says region faces a ‘chronic shortage’ of daycare spaces

Metchosin inmate sentenced to 12 months in jail for escaping custody

Sentence to be served concurrent to a life sentence he was already serving

Sooke jumps on board to ban use of rat poison

City staff will educate residents on harmful effects of rodenticides

3 new deaths due to COVID-19 in B.C., 139 new cases

B.C. confirms 40 ‘historic cases,’ as well

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Comox Valley protesters send message over old-growth logging

Event in downtown Courtenay was part of wider event on Friday

Application deadline for fish harvester benefits program extended

Those financially impacted by the pandemic have until Oct. 5 to apply

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

CHARTS: Beyond Metro Vancouver, COVID-19 cases in B.C. haven’t increased much recently

COVID-19 case counts outside of Metro Vancouver have been level since July

Most Read