The city of Solon will receive a donation of $125,000 for artificial turf for the varsity field at Solon Community Park on SOM Center Road and the city will fund the remainder of the cost, according to a news release.
Solon City Council approved an ordinance to accept the donation from the Solon Foundation. The donation, made to the Solon Foundation by Councilman William Russo and his wife, Mary, is for the purpose of installing artificial field turf at the infield of varsity field.
The turf project had been regularly brought up by Brad Cisar, Solon High School’s assistant varsity baseball coach, but the cost has been prohibitive until this donation, according to the release.
“My wife and I are happy that we are in a position to make this donation to give back to the community,” said Russo in the release. “Barry Chesler and Jim Bialosky, past presidents of the Solon Chamber of Commerce, reinforced in me that it was important to represent the organization you were involved with and do things to benefit others and not yourself, so in following their teachings, I felt it was important to step up and make this donation to make this project a reality before (Cisar) retires from coaching.”
The parks and recreation department would eventually like to install turf on fields one to five at the park to allow use for baseball, flag football, lacrosse, soccer and softball, with minimal maintenance and without having to cancel games due to field conditions. Turf will also enable the grounds crew to do more work throughout the park and other city parks instead of taking care of rain-soaked baseball fields, according to the release.
“I am excited that we continue as a city to explore and implement ideas and programs that improve the experiences of our citizens,” said Don Holub, director of parks and recreation for the city. “I look forward to seeing our kids playing on a first-class field!”
Construction will begin by Oct. 1 and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.