Wellesley Track & Field project really starting to look like a track and field

The following is an update on the Track & Field project from the Wellesley Department of Public Works. All photo credits to the DPW.

After a busy week of field work, the track and field is becoming more noticeable. The synthetic turf (green carpet) and the end zone goal posts were installed. The sidewalk along Smith Street was finally paved with bituminous concrete and the old 6’ high chain link perimeter fence behind the sidewalk was replaced with a new 8’ high chain link fence. The footings for the donor wall and flag pole were also installed. More work remains to be done before the track & field can be used. This work includes electric utility installation, jump pits, track surface, ticket booths, path to the ticket booths, landscaping, sound system, donor wall and field markings. At this time, we are projecting an early October opening, but we are all hoping for something sooner, provided good weather and good fortune continue to be on our side.

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The crushed stone base over the football field is being fine graded to the proper grade. Once this is completed, the crushed stone will be compacted and the infiltration test will be performed.

 

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A crew performing an infiltration test over the football field crushed stone base. This test is to determine if the constant flow & falling rate of water percolating through the ground is at an acceptable rate before the synthetic grass carpet layer is placed.

 

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The channel drain along the inside perimeter of the track is being installed. The channel will have a grated cover when completed. The purpose of the channel drain is to collect rain water from the track surface and channel it underground where it will percolate into the unsaturated soil. If the soil is too saturated for the water, the drainage system automatically directs the water into the Fuller Brook and Skating Pond outfalls located on both ends of the field.

 

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Rolls of synthetic carpet lay along the edge of the field.

 

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The first green carpet layer of synthetic turf was laid over the polypropylene padding along the end zone area.

 

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A crew preparing the edges of the two synthetic carpets to be interlocked.

 

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Crew members placing glue over the top of the fabric strip for interlocking the edges of the synthetic carpet. The person in the green shirt pulls the long narrow fabric strip while the other members unwind the strip and place a glue layer on the upside.

 

Your comments and questions regarding the Wellesley High School Track & Field project are always welcome. Please call the Department of Public Works Engineering Division at 781-235-7600 x 3315 or email at gbruno@wellesleyma.gov.