Ribbon Cutting for New Turf Fields at Homestead Park
The community is invited to attend a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23 -- the first weekend of spring – to celebrate our new turf fields at Homestead Park, 100 Aquatic Drive, which has undergone a major renovation.
Thanks to a $1.4 million joint project among the Town of Chapel Hill, Triangle United Soccer and Rainbow Soccer, Homestead park has two new artificial turf fields, accessible walkways and fencing.
The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. with Mayor Pam Hemminger, Chair of the Parks, Greenways and Recreation Commission Wes McMahon and representatives from both Triangle United and Rainbow Soccer participating in the special grand opening event. Some members of the Town Council will be attendance. The event will include a short ceremony and wrap up with a clinic by members of the men’s and women’s soccer teams from the University of North Carolina with Triangle United Youth Soccer players. Ample parking is available onsite at Homestead Park and Aquatics Center.
The artificial turf fields can be played on year round with far less need to close fields due to inclement weather and wet field conditions, so more programming time and an increase in rental revenues is anticipated. The fields are also lighted for evening play.
The new turf fields use a special 100 percent natural product, Purefill Artificial Turf Infill, made of organic cork granules and sand. This product is completely recyclable and sustainable, and provides significant heat reduction. It meets or exceeds all industry standards for player safety. The sub-base design captures an half an inch of rainwater during a rain event
Triangle United Soccer and Rainbow Soccer assisted with funding the total project estimated at $1,475,277, by providing $600,000 and $200,000 respectively in advanced rental fees. The fields are currently open to field rentals and free play when not otherwise scheduled. Groups interested in using the field should contact Robb English, Athletics Supervisor, at 919-968-2734.
For more information about the ribbon cutting event, contact Parks Maintenance Superintendent Kevin Robinson at 919-969-5104.
Homestead Park Parking
The main park entrance and parking lot can only be accessed from Homestead Road at 100 Aquatic Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. Enter from the north or south bound NC 86/Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Access Homestead Road, the entrance to the Park is well marked with signage. Plan on a brief 3-4 minute walk to the ceremony site along the park trail. Escorts will help guide you to the fields and ceremony.
Handicapped and Alternative Parking
There is access from Stateside Drive to limited parking and ten handicapped spaces with an access trail leading into the park and multi-use fields.