Summer rain showers should no longer put a damper on play at Tequesta Trace Park, now that two natural grass football/soccer fields were converted into multi-purpose artificial turf fields.
The transformation of the two fields will allow for year-round use because artificial turf can be played on during wet conditions. In addition, it does not need to be re-sodded, further extending its usage.
Tequesta Trace Park is the latest Weston park to install the artificial turf. Several hockey rinks at Regional Park were previously converted to multi-purpose artificial turf fields. In addition, work is set to begin this summer to convert two grass fields at Regional Park into artificial turf.
Before any work was done, the Parks and Recreation Department spent approximately six years researching to find the best available products and visiting turf field installations to personally inspect the quality and durability.
The product chosen for use in Weston is an organic infill. Don Decker, Director of Parks and Recreation, assures it is of the highest quality and meets all safety, performance and environmental considerations set in place for the best interests of athletes and park users.
There are numerous benefits to artificial turf, particularly for active fields like we have here in Weston. Artificial turf can be played on during wet conditions. It requires far less maintenance than natural grass. Artificial turf will not develop holes or divots, making it safer for athletes. Plus, it increases capacity.
The new artificial turf fields at Tequesta Trace Park will be used mainly for football, lacrosse and rugby. However, they will also be used by the Tequesta Trace Middle School sports programs.
At 42 acres, Tequesta Trace Park is Weston’s second largest park. It features athletic fields for baseball, soccer, football, and lacrosse, as well as a roller hockey rink. There is also a six-lane running track. A new state-of-the-art interactive playground is currently being installed. Shelters/picnic areas are available. Dogs are permitted if on a leash.
Tequesta Trace Park is located at 600 Indian Trace. It is open from 8am to 11pm.