Athletic fields

Beginning of the turfing project for 10 City of Charleston-owned sports fields


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

The project was announced Tuesday by Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin.

The City of Charleston said the contract with Turf Alliance was approved by city council at its Tuesday meeting.

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

Grassed fields include:

  • Bigley Field 1 – Superior
  • Bigley Field 2 – Lower
  • Cato Park Lower Football Pitch
  • Cato Park Upper Football Pitch
  • Kanawha Municipal League Small Field
  • Kanawha City Softball/University of Charleston Field
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Center Complex
  • North Charleston Little League Ground
  • Feed park field
  • Suppa Little League / Softball Field

The city says Turf Alliance has used synthetic turf for many sports fields, city parks and recreational fields.

One of the locations receiving new turf is the Martin Luther King Jr. Center complex. Recreation Aid Lashae Watts says this is one of the final pieces of the puzzle at their facility as they updated the grounds basketball courts and a swimming pool. “I think it will open more doors and bring more members into the community. You know, give them something to do in a safe environment. Especially those who are involved in sports and neighborhood activities and stuff,” Watts said.

Sod fields in Charleston (Photo courtesy: City of Charleston)

The press release says work on the project is expected to begin in late summer or early fall.

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