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Reston Soccer Looking Into Building Turf Fields

by Karen Goff June 17, 2016 at 11:30 am 12 Comments

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Reston Soccer is exploring the idea of building its own artificial turf fields in Reston.

Reston Soccer President Robert Anguizola says the league is developing a new strategic plan in order to better serve Reston’s 1,500 youth soccer players. Part of that plan includes converting two grass fields into turf fields, but the idea is still in the very early exploratory stage, he said.

The league held a town hall at Walker Nature Center on Wednesday to gauge the community’s interest in the project.

“We are very excited about our strategic plan,” said Anguizola. “We are doing a lot of things to improve player development. One thing that is a big part of that is field and facility quality.”

Reston Soccer was one of several community groups that contributed to the $2 million project to build two turf fields at South Lakes High School several years ago. While that gave Reston Soccer, which donated $150,000, more playing time on the fields, the league still needs more turf fields, which are available to teams even during rain, said Anguizola.

Reston Soccer does not own its own fields, however. Teams play on fields owned by Reston Association and the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Ideally, the league would like to convert the two grass fields at RA’s Lake Newport Soccer on Reston Parkway, says Anguizola. Anguizola is asking to speak at the July RA Board meeting to see if RA would be interested in partnering in the effort.

Anguizola also said Reston Soccer is concerned about the potential health effects of crumb rubber, which was used in Fairfax County Public School turf fields. Some studies have shown the crushed-tire material is a carcinogen. The county says there are no health risks.

Anguizola says Reston Soccer is looking into newer types of organic infill made from cork and coconut husks.

Reston Socceer has hired an architect to envision what the fields could look like. It has not yet put a dollar amount on the potential project, said Anguizola.

  • edgyone

    Turf fields are lower maintenance, but I think the result of spending that same money on an irrigation system for a grass field would be much wiser. Turf fields absorb the sun’s energy making them very hot and miserable. Turf fields are also not as good of a playing surface to learn slide tackling. Let’s try to build soccer with a more common sense approach and by imitating what other countries do. We will never create real homegrown talent if we continue to make the same mistakes over and over. 6-8 year old’s don’t need soccer clinics with some coach yelling at them during drills, and they would be happier planning on grass fields.

    • Rational Reston

      Turf fields are in actuality not that difference in terms of maintenance or at the very least require more maintenance than the ZERO that FCPA puts into theirs.

      • edgyone

        So there is no upside?

        • Rational Reston

          The only upside for the fake stuff is that it can still be used when it’s raining. The grass fields are closed when it’s anything beyond a light drizzle.

  • Cork and Husk substrate!

    I commend Reston Soccer and Rob Anguizola for doing their research and rejecting crumb rubber as a substrate for artificial grass soccer fields.

    Crumb rubber is a highly toxic substance with many carcinogens and other contaminants of concern.

  • Constance (Connie) Hartke

    I attended Reston Soccer’s Town Hall on Wednesday night and learned so much. Robert A. walked us all through much of the thinking that gets them to what they are proposing. I had no idea that bermuda grass needs to be cut with a specific type of lawn mower in order for the ball to be playable on a soccer field! Add that to the cost of a real grass field. Although I’d love real grass, he and his team of volunteers have done a lot research to come to their conclusions. They are looking at the latest plant-derived infill, so let’s learn how this reacts to the sun. I bet Robert has already looked into that.

    • John Farrell

      What does Mr.Anguizola know that Carli Lloyd doesn’t?

      The US women’s national team doesn’t think that artificial turf is appropriate for soccer.

      They almost boycotted the World Cup over FIFA forcing them to play on turf instead of grass.

    • 30yearsinreston

      let them pay for it themselves
      RA is broke on the Tetra fiasco

    • edgyone

      Having played on both turf and grass there is no substitute for a well maintained grass field. I would like to see the 20 year cost for each worked out, it can’t be that different when the installation cost is rolled in. Soccer is a worthwhile activity that brings so much to a community that it is well worth the investment, much better return than an overpriced lake shack.

  • 30yearsinreston

    Looking for RA to “partner’ with them
    Our money, their use is not a partnership

    • Rational Reston

      Reston Soccer would need to ‘partner’ with RA to use RA land though.

  • Russell Snow

    Regardless of the turf, the soccer fields needs to be moved away from residential areas because the noise levels at times are ridiculous!

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