Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville to gain new synthetic turf field

Gwinnett commissioners have approved a contract for a new synthetic turf field at Rhodes Jordan Park. AJC File Photo
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Gwinnett commissioners have approved a contract for a new synthetic turf field at Rhodes Jordan Park. AJC File Photo

Gwinnett commissioners recently awarded a field-conversion contract to low bidder, Precision Turf, LLC. for a more durable, low-maintenance playing surface at the multi-use field in Rhodes Jordan Park, 100 Crogan St. in Lawrenceville.

About 85,000 square feet of synthetic turf will be installed and striped for football and soccer with tick marks for painting temporary lacrosse lines. The synthetic turf is a 2.5-inch tall slit-film fiber with an infill of sand and rubber. The field will be laser leveled with a slight slope from the center of the field to the side lines. An extensive drainage system will be installed with the capacity to remove up to 30 inches of rain per hour.

According to District 4 Commissioner John Heard, the synthetic turf and drainage mean the field will be available for use nearly all the time, regardless of the weather.

The contract also includes drinking water connections on both sides of the field to allow for the optional use of portable misting machines to help cool players, new fencing, new bleachers, sodded practice zone adjacent to the field, landscaping, concrete hardscapes and a plaza area with picnic tables.

The $2.17 million contract is funded by the 2017 SPLOST program.