CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — 10 city-owned athletic fields will soon become turf fields as a part of a multi-million-dollar project.

The project was announced by Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin on Tuesday.

The City of Charleston says the contract with Turf Alliance was approved by City Council during its meeting on Tuesday.

They say it will be good for up to $8.1 million.

The fields to be turfed include:

  • Bigley Field 1 – Upper
  • Bigley Field 2 – Lower
  • Cato Park Lower Soccer Field
  • Cato Park Upper Soccer Field
  • Kanawha City League Little Field
  • Kanawha City Softball / University of Charleston Field
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Center Complex
  • North Charleston Little League Field
  • Power Park Field
  • Suppa Little League / Softball Field

The city says Turf Alliance has used synthetic turf for many athletic fields, municipal parks and recreation fields.

One of the places receiving new turf is the Martin Luther King Jr. Center Complex. Recreational Aide, Lashae Watts says its one of the final puzzle pieces to their facility as they have updated basketball courts and a swimming pool. “I think it’ll open more doors and bring more members out in the community. You know, give them something to do in a safe environment. Especially ones that are involved in sports and activities in the neighborhoods and stuff,” said Watts.

Fields to be turfed in Charleston (Photo Courtesy: City of Charleston)

The press release says work on the project is expected to start in late Summer or in early Fall.