By Deb Murphy
The Bishop Broncos’ football field has seen better days, much better days. Tufts of green are broken up by expanses of brown or no tufts at all. Part of the recovery program is rest, according to district Superintendent Barry Simpson.
Simpson reported on the sad state, bordering on unsafe, of John Schwab Field at Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting. “We knew we had to rest the field,” he said. That was part of the reason why the district partnered to build additional fields at City Park.
Complete resurfacing is cost prohibitive, Simpson reported. Plus the $1-$1.5 million project would have to be repeated every 12 to 15 years.
Simpson brought in landscapers to walk the field. The conclusion: the district needs to hire a water auditor to look at the irrigation system, from the sprinkler heads to the pumps to the coverage of the existing system. Step two: rebuild the irrigation system, then reseed and rebuild the field