Soccer is one of the world’s most popular sports, and now players in Imperial Beach can enjoy the game on a new and improved field. The renovated Veteran’s Park youth soccer field, where artificial turf and an improved playing surface are among the enhancements, officially opened March 19. The youth soccer field is located next to the Boys & Girls Club on Encina Avenue.
Improvements to the field were funded through a state of California Proposition 40 grant and City Redevelopment Funds.
“Imperial Beach is paving the way for other cities to follow by example -- to reap the environmental and cost benefits of artificial turf,” said Imperial Beach City Manager Gary Brown. “It is expected that the 21,600-square-foot artificial turf field, together with the 21,960-square-foot artificial turf play area surrounding the field, will save 481,600 gallons of water per year.”
According to Brown, artificial turf is low maintenance, which will save time and upkeep costs for the city. It is also much safer than grass because there is no irrigation heads or boxes in the play area, which cause tripping hazards.
Brown pointed out that another benefit of the turf is that it’s aesthetically pleasing and green, without muddy areas and dead grass -- no matter the time of year or weather condition.