A project to install artificial field turf at a 1.3-acre grass field next to the Barry Recreational Center in Rosemont begins this week.
The village is contracting with J.E.M. Morris Construction Co. to do the $678,175 project. Park of the cost is offset by a $176,800 state Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development grant received in April. The work not only includes installation of turf, but also a walking track and picnic area.
The new field will be on the south side of the rec center building, 7128 Barry St., in a neighborhood located north of the Allstate Arena.
Officials have sought to add turf to the field, primarily used by children playing soccer, since it often gets muddy. The multiuse field will be designed for soccer, baseball and softball.
Because the project is partially being funded with state money, Rosemont officials have indicated Gov. Pat Quinn may attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony once the project is complete. They are targeting completion by October.