Albertville, AL – Everyone has heard the old saying, “Go big or go home”! Well, one community in north Alabama is changing that saying to “Going big at home”, as in really big! Installing over one million square feet of AstroTurf big! It’s all part of a grand plan that city officials have been working on for several years that will positively impact the quality of life for the area residents.
Sand Mountain Park & Amphitheater is a 130-acre complex that has something to offer for everyone. Approximately 1,071,200 square feet of AstroTurf® is being installed across 14 sports fields that will provide residents with a wide range of competitive opportunities. The fields will accommodate baseball, softball, football, soccer, and lacrosse.
Four baseball fields and Five softball fields will feature the AstroTurf Diamond Series. The Diamond Series includes multiple artificial turf components that have been specifically engineered to emulate the look, feel, and performance of both the grass and clay portions of a baseball field. Diamond Series turf systems from AstroTurf are well-known throughout the sport of baseball for delivering the ultimate in playability, durability, and ballpark aesthetics.
Five multipurpose fields that will be used for sports such as football, lacrosse and soccer will all be outfitted with AstroTurf’s RootZone 3D3 system with Trionic®. This is AstroTurf’s most popular turf due to its combination of long-lasting performance and game day good looks. The RootZone 3D3 system results in minimal infill splash and better shock absorbency, while improving safety, playability, and durability. Also included in the system is Trionic®, AstroTurf’s patented new wonder-fiber. Trionic® is a blend of polyethylene and nylon fibers that is quickly revolutionizing the synthetic turf industry.
“We appreciate the Albertville Parks and Recreation team displaying such confidence in AstroTurf in bringing this incredible vision to fruition,” said AstroTurf Regional Manager Speizio Stowers. “It is our pleasure to be able to provide not only the best product on the market but one that fits the City’s budget. This is going to be an incredible facility that is going to impact the community’s quality of life in a tremendous way.”
Along with top of the line synthetic fields, the complex will also feature basketball courts, a tennis complex, a disc golf course, seven playgrounds, walking trails, a 3600 square foot splash pad and even a lazy river. A state-of-the-art recreation center that includes an indoor walking track, multiple basketball and volleyball courts, racquetball courts, an indoor eight-lane competition pool, as well and indoor and outdoor leisure pools. As if that wasn’t already enough, the park will be home to a premier amphitheater with a seating capacity of approximately 8500 with 2,000 permanent seats.
AstroTurf® will also be responsible for providing artificial turf for the landscape area around the recreational center, playgrounds, lazy river island, and ball pit areas.
“When we were selecting our Turf vendor, we knew that we wanted partners that could take us from concept to completion,” said Jana Cordell of Chambless King Architects, the firm designing Sand Mountain Park. “AstroTurf has a great reputation in the industry and a lot of experience in developing complexes like this one. We didn’t just want to go big, we wanted to go big and do it the right way and AstroTurf is helping us to do just that. We chose AstroTurf based on product and value, but primarily on their willingness and responsiveness in working with us to get the design of the entire park “just right”. We spent many, many days working with AstroTurf Regional Manager Speizio Stowers as he helped us through the long design process. We wanted to be good stewards of the budget we were given. Speizio and his installation team helped us achieve that goal! We couldn’t be happier.”
Construction is well underway at the complex and the citizens of Albertville and Sand Mountain will soon begin to enjoy an enhanced quality of life that should affect generations to come. AstroTurf is proud to serve as indispensable partner in this process – standing side by side during the entire process.
For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams, and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit AstroTurf’s website at www.astroturf.com.