Posted by Justin Rice August 24, 2011 06:07 PM
The field will come at no additional investment from the city. The state approved a $500,000 grant last year for the city to build the field, contingent on Beverly's ability to raise $333,000.
“This is just great news for Beverly,” Scanlon said yesterday evening. “We’re going to have a brand new field and it’s not going to cost us a dime.”
Argus Construction’s bid came in at $738,000, the lowest of the six bids received. Any surplus of funds after the field is installed will go toward installing a second outdoor turf field at the high school.
“We might have change orders and other things but anything left over will go to a second field,” Scanlon said.
In January, the City Council unanimously approved a measure that allowed the city to raise and spend the necessary $833,000 to be used for the project.
"I called all kinds of people who I thought may be able to be generous, I'd say it took about three months," Scanlon said in January, adding, "I think being able to do this in these tough economic times puts a smile on a lot of people's faces."
Installation is expected to begin in two to three weeks and should be completed eight weeks later. Officials plan to build the artificial turf field inside the track oval which is already inside the field house. Beverly High Schools will use it for a variety of sports including football, track, and others.
Argus has installed turf fields at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and at Salem State University. The type of turf being used is called monofilament and is considered to be the longest lasting field turf on the market.
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