Naperville's Nike Park rolls out the green carpet

  • Turf seams are stitched in place as the Nike Sports Complex in Naperville nears completion.

      Turf seams are stitched in place as the Nike Sports Complex in Naperville nears completion. Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • More than 111,000 square feet of artificial turf has been sewn into place at the renovated Nike Sports Complex in Naperville.

      More than 111,000 square feet of artificial turf has been sewn into place at the renovated Nike Sports Complex in Naperville. Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Installation of the new artificial turf at Nike Park continues in Naperville.

      Installation of the new artificial turf at Nike Park continues in Naperville. Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Glue is sprayed underneath the artificial turf to hold the seams and colored stripes in place at Nike Sports Complex in Naperville.

      Glue is sprayed underneath the artificial turf to hold the seams and colored stripes in place at Nike Sports Complex in Naperville. Mark Black | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 5/25/2011 4:58 PM

The highlight of the Nike Sports Complex renovation has begun to take shape on the Naperville's north side.

Workers have begun installing 45 rolls, or 111,165 square feet, of artificial turf that will become the district's first lighted, synthetic field.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Park district officials say the field will benefit youth athletic teams, which have been pressed for space to play weekday games, especially in the early spring and late fall when daylight is limited.

Besides the synthetic turf field, other amenities in the $7 million project include sand volleyball courts and multiuse fields for soccer, football and lacrosse. The district also is adding lighted courts for tennis, basketball and volleyball, as well as a playground, walking and bicycle trails, and one of two cricket pitches in Naperville.

Project manager Michael Piszynski said the project is still on target for a July 18 grand opening.