District Breaks Ground on Sarff Field Revitalization
Bloom High School’s Sarff Field will receive an extreme makeover with a number of improvements being made to the field, including new blue synthetic turf to match the school’s colors.
The turf retains the same sport performance and safety as natural grass while eliminating the use of potentially harmful pesticides and fertilizers while significantly decreasing maintenance cost. Turf also allows for more frequent field use without the needed rest time natural grass requires.
In addition, the revitalization will include a resurfacing of the track and reconstruction of the track event areas such as the high jump, long jump, triple jump, shot put and discus areas.
“We are excited to roll out these upgrades to the field ahead of the next school year," Bloom 206 Superintendent Lenell Navarre said. “Sarff Field has been a key part of Bloom’s history in athletics and continues to be a great place for students and the Chicago Heights community at large to enjoy.”
The project was possible due to the partnership between District 206 and Chicago Heights Mayor David A. Gonzalez’s administration, successfully obtaining a grant under the QSCB Program for renovations at the Bloom and Bloom Trail campuses.
“I am thrilled to be a part of this groundbreaking event and to witness the start of these improvements at historic Sarff Field,” said Mayor Gonzalez. “It is a great day for the students, the District and our city.”
Along with Navarre and Gonzalez, participating in the groundbreaking were Bloom 206 Board President Henry Drake, Athletic Director Joe Reda, Business Manager Ken Korbel and Architect Mario Planera.
The natural grass will be transplanted into the Bloom courtyard and the district will maintain all monuments and structures donated by and dedicated to alumni classes. The District anticipates completing the project ahead of the 2018-2019 school year. The track is closed to the public during construction.