Homestead Soccer Plans Move Ahead

Plans to replace two grass soccer fields at Homestead Park, Chapel Hill, with synthetic turf are finally moving ahead with the town seeking bids on engineering/design services for the project. These will include building a sand base below the new turf and a stormwater retention system to catch water runoff and preparing bids for a contractor.

According to Dec. 29 town memo, bids were due Jan. 13, vendor selected Jan. 25, work begins Feb. 15 and work completed June 30. The project then will be put out for bids. Engineering plans are expected to cost about $50,000, the town said, with the total project cost about $1 million.

Chapel Hill agreed in December 2016 to use cork infill for Homestead project instead of controversial EDPM rubber. Two private local soccer groups pledged $800,000 in ad­vance rental fees, and the town will put in roughly $200,000 in rec bond funds to pay for it.   J.B.