Capital project update: B-P preparing new baseball and softball fields for spring season

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As work continues on Phase 1 of Broadalbin-Perth’s $39.7 million capital project, the district is looking toward the spring, when its baseball and softball teams will begin using the new varsity fields at the Broadalbin campus.

Recently, construction crews finished laying sod in the outfield of both facilities. New irrigation systems allowed the district to protect its investment in the sod during the unseasonably hot weather the area experienced over the past few weeks.

According to Saratoga Sod, the company that supplied the sod for the B-P fields, it’s important to keep the sod saturated when it is first laid to keep it from dying. After a few weeks, they recommend reducing irrigation to force the roots deeper into the ground and encourage them to take hold. After four or five weeks, the district will revert to a regular watering schedule during the growing season.

The district is also creating secondary or JV baseball and softball fields at the Broadalbin campus as part of the capital project. However, in an effort to save money, district leaders opted to let grass grow naturally on those fields. The trade-off of this decision is that the JV fields will not be ready for play until spring 2019.

Members of the school community can stay up-to-date on Capital Project work by visiting the Capital Project page on the district website. In addition, information about any changes to the normal operation or use of school facilities will be posted to the district Facebook page and shared with faculty, staff, parents and residents through email and the B-P mobile app (available for Apple and Android devices).