NU receives $100,000 for turf plan |

NU receives $100,000 for turf plan

The effort to install a synthetic, all-weather field at Nevada Union’s Hooper Stadium has received a $100,000 boost from a state grant program.

The money from the Integrated Waste Management Board pushes the total raised for the new field to more than $200,000 and has supporters believing that the $350,000 turf project could be ready in time for the 2005-06 school year.

“This will make the field a much more usable facility for everyone,” said Nevada Union High School head football coach Dave Humphers, who worked with Nevada Union instructors and Nevada County recycling coordinators to write the grant request.

The grant is funded through a $1.75 surcharge on the purchase of a new tire, and Nevada Union’s portion is equivalent to the fees from more than 57,000 tires.

“In part, we all paid for this, and it’s great the money is coming back to the community,” said Tracey Harper, Nevada County’s recycling coordinator.

In touting the artificial turf, Humphers and those close to Nevada Union cite the material’s durability and safety. Humphers said the new field will be used year-round by physical-education classes, youth recreational leagues and the public. The Hooper Stadium grass is generally roped off for up to six months of the year between the end of football season and graduation for re-seeding, irrigation or repairs.

Ground-up tires will form the base of the new field, which will be topped by synthetic turf.

Humphers and physical-education instructor Kelly Rhoden said they’ll encourage their staff and local residents to use the new artificial field as much as possible.

“The field is a classroom,” Humphers said.

The all-weather field will help conserve up to 5 million gallons of water now used to irrigate the grass each year, Humphers said.

The Nevada Joint Union High School District board hasn’t yet committed to using any district money for the project as yet, though they approved a resolution in November indicating they would seek money to finance the project.

Bear River High School also has expressed an interest in an artificial turf field, but no timeline for the project has been announced.

In addition to the Nevada Union turf project, the Integrated Waste Management Board also awarded the City of Grass Valley $25,000 for a grant to replace playground equipment at Minnie Park.

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