Turf Field Development Program Now Accepting Applications
Notice of Intent to Apply due December 1, 2010. Application due December 15, 2010.
Any youth or adult sports organization, league or group that currently receives field use permits from the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) is eligible to apply for funding to develop a turf field. Applicants must attend an information meeting prior to proposal submission to be eligible for this program.
Athletic fields with a synthetic or artificial turf surface are more beneficial to Fairfax County than natural grass surfaces for several reasons. Despite high up-front costs, synthetic turf fields have lower maintenance costs. The wear and tear on the surface is minimal, even with high levels of usage. Because of their superior ability to drain water, the fields can be used year-round and in almost any kind of weather. They are also safer playing surfaces, due to their flatness and uniformity. Further, synthetic turf surfaces provide storm water management benefits to the area by effectively managing rainwater.
In the long run, synthetic turf fields will save the county maintenance costs and increase the inventory of field space available for community use. Industry estimates are that synthetic turf surfaces have an average expected lifespan of eight to ten years.
The purpose of this program is to provide opportunities for athletic organizations to submit proposals to partner with the county to develop turf fields or convert existing grass fields to synthetic turf on land owned by Fairfax County, the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA), or Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).
Eligible Field Locations
- Undeveloped land owned by Fairfax County, FCPA or FCPS.
- Existing Fairfax County, FCPS, and FCPA rectangular fields that are included in the NCS scheduling inventory of fields, or would be added to the inventory after conversion.
Up to three field applications may be chosen. The county will provide each of the three fields up to $150,000 in funding. The applicant proposing the chosen fields will be responsible for the non-county funded portion of the cost and the applicant will be asked to sign a contract to that effect.
For more information, please call 703-324-5533 (TTY 711).
Fairfax County is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all county programs, services and activities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request special accommodations call 703-324-4600, TTY 711. Please allow ten working days in advance of the event in order to make the necessary arrangements.