The city of Belmont is attempting to find a design firm to help them build a synthetic turf athletic field at the Sports Complex. This project will cost around 2.5 million dollars.
This new field will include three soccer fields and will refurbish the softball and baseball fields as well as install energy efficient lights.
It should take around three months to select the proper company and the design is estimated to take about one year.
Belmont started to consider synthetic turf at the complex in 2009. began considering synthetic turf at the complex, located on the east side of Highway 101, in 2009. It has been debated since then. It has been estimated that the city uses approximately 4.5 million gallons a year which means more than 12,000 gallons a day, to water the field. Synthetic turf is estimated to be less expensive to maintain and allow for increased usage. It will be easier to maintain and require less labor than real grass.
A synthetic turf field can mean an increase of up to 61 percent in playable hours.
If interested in knowing more, the Belmont City Council meets 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22 at City Hall, One Twin Pines Lane, Belmont.