City Council recently approved the new design and construction of the Shorty Garcia Park Sports Field Replacement Project. The project, which has already started, includes replacement of the artificial turf and the surrounding fence around the field. The artificial turf will consist of cork material in lieu of recycled rubber.
The existing sports field surface at Shorty Garcia Park was constructed in 2004 and due to the high use of sports activity on the field, it had started to experience surface deterioration. The playing fields are a community favorite with permits being issued out to sports teams and organizations everyday of the year with the exception of holidays. Typically, the expected service life is eight to ten years. Thanks to quality care and oversight by City maintenance crews, the useful life of the Shorty Garcia field was extended by almost 40%.
Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci states, “We know our playing fields are loved by residents, they help make Union City a great place to live and play. It’s important to be able to keep them up to meet demand. Families and kids of all ages use our fields, and we need them to continue providing a safe place for kids and teens.”
Park maintenance and recreation workers selected FieldTurf of Calhoun, Georgia to carry out the Shorty Garcia Park Field Replacement Project at a cost of $1,621,320.00 and will use funds from the recent land sale of a city-owned lot near the BART Station.