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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Rieke Field

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The replacement of Rieke Field under the Parks Replacement Bond will include the removal and replacement of the existing outdated synthetic turf field with new synthetic turf specific for soccer and lacrosse.  The replacement field will be the same size and in the same place as the existing field, will improve subsurface drainage conditions within and around the perimeter of the field, and will install a new sub-base system to correct uneven settling.

This project will also provide new sports field furnishings, drinking fountain, a dedicated location for temporary restroom facilities, and provisions for future sports field lighting (poles and lights are not included in this scope).  As part of PP&R’s commitment to universal accessibility, this project will be making improvements to pathways and access to the field. 

Project Manager
Gary Datka, gary.datka@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-5574

Public Involvement Coordinator
Maija Spencer, maija.spencer@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-5593


PROJECT SCHEDULE

Fall 2015 - Winter 2016
Project Set-Up and Design Consultant Contracting

Winter 2016 - Early Spring 2016
Design Process and Public Input

Fall 2016 - Winter 2017
Permitting and Bidding

Spring or Summer 2017
Construction


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Use of Artificial Turf Fields

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is committed to providing safe and accessible recreational opportunities for all Portlanders. To that end, we are pursuing the installation of an artificial turf (crumb rubber) field for this project, while paying close attention to the national conversation surrounding artificial turf. The safety of our fields, along with every facility we own and manage, is paramount. 

PP&R has a strong interest in conclusive research on crumb rubber infill; though right now such research is not decisive. We are monitoring as more research is done, always looking for improved technologies, and we will look for opportunities to collect data ourselves. Please note that the potential health concerns surrounding synthetic fields must also be balanced with both the dangers of uneven/waterlogged/baked-dry grass fields causing falls, broken bones and/or sprains, and also with the fact that in our climate, natural fields are unsuitable for use many months of the year.

We will continue to consult with other park associations nationwide to understand any other data available, and their decisions on crumb rubber.