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Supervisors approve synthetic turf change for Clemmens Lane Park

The County of San Diego will spend an additional $40,000 on the construction of Clemmens Lane Park in order to convert the planned grass soccer field to a synthetic turf field.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 on October 21 to approve a construction change order. The supervisors also appropriated the additional $40,000 from the Fallbrook Park Land Dedication Ordinance (PLDO) fund. PLDO fees are paid by developers to fund park facilities in the development’s community.

On January 7, the Board of Supervisors authorized the advertisement for bid and subsequent award of a contract to construct Clemmens Lane Park, and the county’s Director of Purchasing and Contracting awarded a construction contract for $525,000 on May 12.

Clemmens Lane Park, which will be on the south side of West Clemmens Lane and west of South Hill Avenue, is currently under construction. In addition to the soccer field, the half-acre park will also include a junior play structure, a tot lot, swings, a small two-stall parking lot, concrete picnic plazas which will include the metal pavilion, a sand volleyball court, security fencing and lighting, irrigation and landscaping.

Staff from the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation determined that substituting a synthetic surface for natural grass would create a substantial savings in water usage and in operating and maintenance costs over the lifetime of the turf field. Synthetic turf will also allow for greater use of the facility by eliminating the periodic need to close the field so that the grass can recover. County staff negotiated a change order price of $40,000 for the additional work and determined that the price was fair and reasonable for the scope of the work.

On September 17, the County Service Area No. 81 Advisory Board voted unanimously to recommend approval of the proposed change order and the allocation of the additional PLDO funds.

Clemmens Lane Park, including the installation of the synthetic turf, is expected to be completed in 2009.


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