Romulus athletic complex will get temporary fix to football, soccer fields

3 April 2018

Romulus Community Schools’ Board of Education has approved Turfix Synthetic Sports Field specialists to conduct temporary repairs at Romulus High School’s football and soccer fields.

The construction cost is approximately $12,000 and is scheduled to begin this month.

The work will take up to four days to complete. The funds will be allocated from the Wayne County Enhancement Millage that passed in 2016.

Superintendent Marjie McAnally said she is excited that students will be able to participate in spring sports with no disruption. She said athletics are vital in the overall development of student athletes and that sports play a major role in communities.

The field is heavily utilized and will not only allow Romulus High School and Romulus Middle School sports to move forward in the short term, but will also allow the three teams from the Romulus Flyers youth football program to continue.

Along with school use, the facility is used for various community events.

The track is also open to the public for recreational use.

The athletic facility was closed due to a failed safety inspection following the 2017-18 football season. The district attempted to pass a 10-year, 3-mil sinking fund millage last November, which would have allocated funds to address long term solutions. The sinking fund could have generated an estimated $2.3 million a year, and would have cost homeowners an average of $140 annually.

In addition to upgrading the athletic complex to industry standards, renovations across the district would have been addressed with the sinking fund dollars.

“There is a dire need to improve our parking lots, roofing, plumbing, doors, windows, fire suppression systems, and technology across the district,” said Mark Edwards, coordinator of school relations. “Although the ballot proposal fell short by 143 votes, I believe that our community understands the importance of a strong school district and that they will invest in Romulus Community Schools in an August election. Our main goal is to move Romulus Community Schools forward in order to serve our families for generations to come.” Turfix proposed that the best value was to temporarily extend the life of the field, which was constructed in 1999.

A large portion of the repairs will include fixing a sunken area near the north end zone. The process will include cutting back the turf, filling it with a stone mix, leveling it out, and rolling it back before seaming it.

Other repairs will include cleaning debris from the field, rejuvenating matted fibers, laying a rubber infill, and seaming any loose or additional tears in the turf.