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VHS Field Forum! Grass or Artificial Turf

The Vashon Island School District Board of Directors and I would like to invite you to a very important discussion about the future of the Vashon Island High School (VHS) track and field. The forum will be held in the VHS Theatre on Thursday, October 6th from 6:30 to 8:30pm. The forum will include a presentation followed by plenty of time for questions and discussion. We will provide a thorough analysis of the pros and cons of natural and synthetic turf fields, and options for running track surfaces. Mr. Dave Anderson, principal engineer, of D.A. Hogan & Associates is our consultant and presenter. Mr. Anderson’s experience includes over 200 athletic field and over 60 track projects involving both natural turf and synthetic turf fields and all types of running track surfaces. Mr. Anderson has designed over 100 sand based natural turf sports fields. His natural turf design work emphasizes drainage, wear resistance, root development, and active turf growth. Mr. Anderson’s synthetic turf field experience includes over 100 fields with all types of turf configurations including over 80 resilient in-filled fields. As a founding member of the Synthetic Turf Council, Mr. Anderson has played an integral role in setting industry standards for synthetic turf playing surfaces. The Board is in the information gathering phase of planning and has not determined a date for a final proposal, or for a bond election. We hope you will join us for this opportunity to learn more, to answer your questions, and to have your voice heard.

Respectfully yours,
Michael Soltman