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Greens Farm Academy, Westport, CT

Greens Farms is a PreK-12 grade school located in Westport, CT on the Long Island sound.  Founded in 1929 its mission is to “engage students as partners in an innovative, inclusive, and globally minded community to prepare them for a life of purpose.  The students enjoy an environment of stimulated learning both inside and outside the classroom and use the grounds to further their classroom studies. 

A walk around the property displays beautiful acreage of open space and land manicured for athletic fields that hone the skills of their athletes; some of whom graduate and attend colleges that tracked their years of success both on and off the field.  To continue to attract high caliber students and athletes the school agreed to invest in some significant reconstruction of the turf fields. 

US Pitchcare was contracted to perform the turf construction to create fields that will withstand the demands of an intense preparatory school athletic program; while also preserving the privacy for the surrounding area by installing a wall of evergreens. The construction took three months and included land clearing, leveling, grading, irrigation, extending septic, blending, and seeding all to produce plush turf masterpieces that would sustain one-inch bluegrass.  The result would be two high performance fields; field hockey and softball. 

Start
Start

Can you see the forest through the trees? First order of business is clearing the land for construction.  An existing row of evergreen trees were relocated to the new property border, while nearly 40 mature trees were removed to clear the land for the fields.  The existing property had fences, concrete pads and a tennis court which all needed to be removed prior to construction.

Grading
Grading

The project began with an understanding of the landscape, acquired through a good topographic survey of the construction site.  There is a fine line between the art and science of grading in that the field not only needs to look good, but function properly as well.   Consideration of the natural grade, intended drainage system, irrigation and soil conditions all play into designing and then executing the grading plan.  The expertise of the team at US Pitchcare ensures precision and accuracy for directing water and the team’s experience guarantees aesthetic and functional considerations of the turf. 

Septic
Septic

To accommodate the needs of the school, the facilities needed to be updated and enhanced with improved septic capabilities.  Our team lays the groundwork and installs the septic pipes to handle greater capacity with increased efficiency. 

Drainage
Drainage

Drainage was included throughout the fields to ensure the fields were playable quickly after any precipitation. Additionally, to reduce cost while providing the optimal playing surface, the team partnered with Agrisource Inc. and New England Specialty Soils to blend the existing soil onsite with imported sand to create the ideal root zone mix.  This allowed for the creation of engineered sand at a reduced cost.

Fencing
Fencing

To accommodate the neighbors’ desire for privacy the team installed privacy fencing and a screen of evergreens.  The combination of the fence and trees created a permanent and yet aesthetically pleasing view for the surroundings.  A 16 ft. backstop fence, dugout and wing fence along with concrete dugouts were installed as well.

Seed Coming
Seed Coming

Seed choices:  A specific blend of Kentucky bluegrass varieties was cut in using a double disc seeder.  Rye grass was added to a hydro mulch blend to act as a nursery grass.  The area was over seeded three times after germination to thicken up the stand and ensure complete coverage.

Grass Finished
Grass Finished

These photos of the lush finished fields speak for themselves.  A complete automated irrigation system was installed as well, with specific zoning for infield clay and turf and it was integrated with the existing system.  For the Spring of 2018 and seasons beyond Greens Farm Academy will be able to showcase the playing turf as they continue to recruit and grow the student enrollment.  Many student athletes will compete on these fields as they hone their skills for higher development.

 

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