Is A.C. Bower Field at Dixon High School safe for student athletes and others who use the field?
According to one expert, the field has the potential not to be. During the recent Dixon School Board meeting, Grounds and Maintenance Supervisor Kevin Schultz said they recently asked Steve Bush of Bush Sports Turf to examine A.C. Bower Field. According to Bush the field has the potential of being unsafe for athletes.
Schultz said he has known for some time that the field has problems. He said they have been trying to maintain the field as best they could, but, it still has soft spots, uneven areas and the watering system has to be replaced.
Schultz is recommending the complete overhaul of the playing field with new sod, a new crowning of the field and a new sprinkler system. Schultz told the school board they have some funds to pay for the project.
Schultz said they will look at bids and the estimate of cost would run around $70,000.
According to sources, the student athletes are not the only ones who have concerns for the field. A couple of the drum and bugle corps that performed at the Petunia City Brass complained of the condition of the field.
Schultz said they need to get busy now so the field will be in shape for activities this summer and sports in the fall.