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Chesapeake turf field to be installed soon

Sep. 20, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio -- The new turf field will be installed at Chesapeake High School in the next few weeks, weather permitting, according to Chesapeake Superintendent Jerry McConnell.

The goal posts at the field were put up earlier this month and the next step in the $3 million project calls for asphalt paving to be done, McConnell said.

"The bleachers have been ordered," said Carl Lilly, president of the Chesapeake Board of Education.

McConnell, who was named superintendent last month, had his first construction meeting on the project earlier this month. "We'll be installing a turf field," he said. "It's become the norm. The stadium will be open for track in the spring."

The Panthers are playing all their football games away from home this year due to the construction project.

It will take about three weeks to do the asphalt paving and then work can begin on installing the turf field, McConnell said.

If the weather allows it, the paving work could start this week, he said.

Other parts of the project include a new, six- to eight-lane track, new bleachers and handicapped accessible restrooms, new lighting and a new scoreboard.

The project was slowed earlier this year due to drainage problems near Ohio 7.

The turf field will be used both for football and boys and girls soccer.

The school district could open the track to the public for local residents to walk or jog for exercise when it's not being used. The school had to close the track two years ago when it developed cracks.

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