During the football season, Petersburg heard numerous complaints from opposing coaches about the condition of the football field and the chasms that prevailed on the sidelines.
The sinkholes are the result of poor water drainage, especially after it rains, and this causes the field to sink. To combat this, Dr Julius Hamlin presented an update on the plan of the new drainage system and the football field for the Petersburg high school at the meeting of the public school board of the city of Petersburg.
“We are following the process to make sure we are doing it the right way,” he said.
St. Petersburg City Council allocated $ 1.3 million for the construction of the football field, in particular the installation. Hamlin said he hopes some can be used for drainage under the football field.
“We seem to have concrete pipes or drainage systems that were welcome,” he explained.
The drainage system that goes under the football field is the same that goes under the school and there are concrete joints that did not do their job. Hamlin presented the plan to the school board to guide them through the next step and what will be considered.
The next steps are to bring in the companies to have a greater scope of the issues and what needs to be done to fix the drainage and build a new field based on the survey. Since the Petersburg Crimson Wave has its first three football games on the road, the goal is to complete the draft before the first football game.
Zoe Collins Rath (she / she) is a sports and education reporter for the Progress-Index. Sometimes email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @ zoe_jordan99.
This article originally appeared on The Progress-Index: Updates on the new pitch and drainage for St. Petersburg football