first_imgLA VERNE – Bonita High School’s football stadium will be given a $1 million makeover later this year. By a 4-1 vote, with Councilman Steven Johnson dissenting, the City Council on Monday gave the green light for synthetic turf to be installed at the school’s Glenn Davis Stadium. The Bonita Unified school board is expected to approve the contract at tonight’s meeting. “It’s a win-win situation,” said Gary Rapkin, Bonita’s superintendent. “This will help the athletic teams, the P.E. classes and the community.” The six other fields, frequently used by youth and high school teams, require a rest period that allows for the grass to grow back, they added. City and district officials said that having synthetic turf will alleviate the pressure placed on the other fields. Nearly 7,000 students practice and play on the fields, which have suffered from constant use and insufficient rest time. By the end of February after the football and soccer seasons, the football stadium is “down to bare dirt in some areas,” said Robert Ketterling, Bonita High School principal. Ketterling said parents voiced concerns regarding potential injuries because of the uneven playing surface. “There are significant height differences as you move across the field,” he said. Councilman Dan Harden said improving the condition of the sports field was an issue he dealt with 14 years ago when he ran for office. “We worried about accommodating 800 kids who play soccer,” he said. “There is far more pressure on this field and we had to deal with it.” Hacienda-La Puente, Baldwin Park and Claremont are some of the schools that have installed synthetic turf on athletic fields, according to school officials. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The project – with a $1.01 million price tag – will be paid through state and county grants, and money from the city’s Park Development Fund, which includes fees paid by residential and commercial developers. Replacement costs will be shared by the city and school district, said Bob Russi, assistant city manager. Both sides split the $50,000 maintenance fees for all sports fields. City officials said work on the field will begin in July and is expected to finish in early September. Upgrading the field was a key finding for the revised Parks and Community Services master plan, which highlighted 17 areas of parks improvement over the next five to 10 years. With a life cycle of 10 to 12 years, the upgrade to synthetic turf will allow sports teams to practice and compete on the field nearly year-round, city officials said. last_img