PROJECT UPDATE - May 2017
Construction will start in late May 2017 on the Rieke Field Replacement Project, with expected completion by September 2017. View a map showing the areas closed for construction here
- The asphalt play areas and play equipment at Rieke Elementary School will remain open and available for use.
- Public access to the fields, play area, and Rieke Elementary School from the north pathway (via the Hillsdale Shopping Center) will be closed for the duration of construction.
- Access will also be closed along the east side of the softball field.
- The softball field will retain access from the parking lot and Rieke Elementary School with intermittent closures.
- Access to the Hillsdale Farmers' Market will not be impacted.
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replacement of Rieke Field under the Parks Replacement Bond will include the removal and replacement of the existing outdated synthetic turf field with new synthetic turf specific for soccer and lacrosse.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.
Fall 2015 - Winter 2016
Project Set-Up and Design Consultant Contracting
Winter 2016 - Early Spring 2016
Design Process and Public Input
Summer 2016 - Fall 2016
Fall 2016 - Winter 2016/17
Permitting and Bidding
Late May 2017 - September 2017
Gary Datka, email@example.com, (503) 823-5574
Public Involvement Coordinator
Maija Spencer, firstname.lastname@example.org, (503) 823-5593
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.