Re-2 working to take better care of fields
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Football. Soccer. Baseball. Play space for students.
In all, Garfield Re-2 School District maintains more than 230 acres of green space and fields in addition to 951,872 square feet of building space. Admittedly, Director of Facilities Craig Jay says, maintaining all of that green space at times takes a back seat to maintaining facilities.
However, he and his department are taking steps to rectify that situation. Over the winter, several employees participated in classes that specifically addressed the maintenance and development of fields and green spaces. They learned everything from fertilizing and aerating schedules, to the scheduling of water based upon temperature, soils and the quality of roots.
“We weren’t happy with the field conditions,” Jay said matter-of-factly. “We want to do better and the guys on our maintenance and grounds crews are committed to providing not only quality buildings for our students, but quality fields and green space as well.”
Boone Mortenson will be leading the effort for the district. He was promoted to Grounds supervisor last year, and helped Garfield Re-2 analyze what was necessary to learn to develop a solid grounds program. He and his staff of four will be responsible for the maintenance of the district’s 230 acres of green space. Some of the changes that will be noticeable this summer will include more activity on the fields including additional mowing, aerating and fertilizing. Jay said that the community might also see fields that are closed off to public use or some yellowing due to limited watering. Both situations are by design and will help those fields develop deep root systems. For the 2010 summer, part of Rifle High School’s football field, part of Rifle Middle School’s football field, and Riverside Middle School’s entire football field will be closed. Jay explained that this is a necessary step to allow the fields to recuperate, and become sustainable for continued school and community use. A comprehensive field closure schedule is currently being developed for the future.
In the end, Jay and his staff aim to have fields and play areas that are in much better condition.
If you have questions about field or play area use or the grounds maintenance program, please feel free to contact Craig Jay at (970) 665-7617 or go to http://www.garfieldre2.org and look at the maintenance web page for grounds projects updates. For information regarding facilities use, please call Cathy Partain at (970) 665-7606. Updates to the grounds condition will be placed on the district web page at http://www.garfieldre2.org under facilities.
Theresa Hamilton is director of districtwide services for Re-2.
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