The artificial playing surface installed last spring on the new multi-purpose field at Rumsey Park is drawing rave reviews.
Arizona State University football players and coaches praised the turf after holding two practice sessions on it during the Sun Devils preseason training in August. High School soccer players who played games on it last fall said the field was the best in small-town Arizona.
The field also is a huge coup for the town of Payson because it doesn't require any irrigation from a water-conservation conscious community. The turf needs only minimum maintenance and has the appearance of a well-groomed and expertly manicured grass playing field.
When Bill Schwind and his crew at the Parks and Recreation department lobbied for a grant to install the field, it was a heady move. Schwind said he would like for Payson High School to someday install the surface on its football field. Of course, that would require the district to somehow find the funds in a budget that is already stretched all too thin.
The good news about the new field is it's now available to all residents.
Payson High School math teacher and golf coach Bret Morse has teamed up with his father Denny in a franchise that will install the turf on residential yards. Bret thinks so much of the turf that he's installed it, complete with a putting green, in his back yard.
As an authorized dealer for FieldTurf --he maker of Payson's new turf --ret can arrange for a visit to your home to provide all the information you need for installing the turf. Bret says he is convinced the turf is the wave of the future because it looks like grass, feels life grass and yet requires no water or maintenance
He admits it doesn't come cheap, but it is the ideal solution to the high cost of maintaining your property.
Golfers who opt for FieldTurf can extend their golf season and lower their handicap in the convenience of their own back yard.
Bret says he decided to jump into the franchise after becoming convinced the product was a well-conceived one that could be a solution for Rim country residents who want a lawn but not the cost, and water usage, that goes along with maintaining one.
FieldTurf representatives told Bret that their products have undergone extensive research and development trials.
Various methods and ingredients have been used to produce a surface that is the closest alternative to real grass.
Those who watched the installation of the field at Rumsey Park know that before FieldTurf is installed, a base surface of stone and textile is laid. The green hybrid fiber that makes up the actual "grass" has a sand-like infill that makes it feel like a nice Kentucky Bluegrass lawn.
In addition to soccer and football fields, the new surface is now being used on golf courses around the country.
For more information, call Bret at 970-TURF.
13 inches at Sunrise
Sunrise Park Resort has received 13 inches of new snow in the past 48 hours. The snow depth is now at 35 inches. Snow conditions show 80 percent powder and 20 percent packed powder. Storm tracks have changes and more snow is expected this week.
See conditions for yourself at www.sunriseskipark.com/webcam.shtml.
Sunrise has all three mountains open. All services are available including restaurants, ski school, Funland, childcare, rental shop and lodging at Sunrise Park Lodge. Lift tickets are $38/adults and $22/juniors age 12 and under.
Sunrise Park Resort is owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe, and is only a four hour drive from Phoenix and Tucson. For more information about Sunrise and winter events, call (800) 772-7669 ext. 2553.