The Town of Hempstead’s second turf field will be in “play” this fall at Oceanside Park in Oceanside after construction is completed by the LandTek Group of Amityville. Supervisor Kate Murray and Senior Councilman Anthony Santino have unveiled plans to construct a 385’ x 250’ regulation soccer/lacrosse field in the southeast corner of Oceanside Park.
“When completed, the turf field will be a recreational showcase and a highlight facility in our nationally recognized parks system,” commented Murray. “Work has already begun at the park and we hope to open the field prior to this fall’s soccer season.”
“The beauty of a turf field, goes well beyond its magnificent appearance. You don’t have to seed it, sod it, drain it, cut it or line it, thereby eliminating the accumulating costs of yearly maintenance,” stated Santino.
Configured and lined for both soccer and lacrosse, the field will be home to the 1,700 player strong Oceanside United Soccer Club. The popular Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy will also use the new turf site for its annual July instructional clinic beginning in 2014. What’s more, the turf is being installed on a field with existing lights, expanding opportunities for games and practices.
LandTek installed the town’s first turf field in Seaman’s Neck Park, Seaford four years ago. LandTek is considered an industry leader and a trendsetter in safe, efficient and durable turf fields. Among the company’s most prominent projects is the field installation at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home of the New York Jets and New York Giants. LandTek has also constructed turf fields at numerous Long Island high schools and colleges.
A LandTek field is comprised of soft, durable grass-like fibers with state of the art cushioning and traction features and an exceptional drainage system.
“The Oceanside community boasts a long standing tradition of athletic excellence, and we are proud to install a brand new turf field for youngsters to enjoy,” stated Councilman Santino. “On the heels of a devastating hurricane that wrecked havoc in neighborhoods throughout Oceanside, we hope this beautiful new field will help revitalize the community and lift the spirits of local residents.”
The field will cost the town approximately $720,000, and the contract calls for three years of maintenance by LandTek.
“Turf fields are weather resistant and always playable, plus the removal of yearly maintenance costs makes them both practical and cost effective,” said Supervisor Murray. “Balancing Hempstead Town’s complex budget requires fiscal prudence and the new turf field will actually save us money over time and that’s a real game-winner.”