It probably doesn't surprise you that the most popular question we get in the springtime is when will the lawn be open? This year the answer to that question is: a little later than usual.
Because our lawn is the most heavily used green space in midtown, keeping it open to the public for as many days as possible throughout the summer is one of our top priorities every year. At the same time, we have to do all we can to make sure the lawn can stand up to that constant use during the summer months.
In recent updates, we've touched on the projects happening in the lawn area that are necessary to improve the long-term health of the lawn area and soil base, as well as the project to upgrade the entire park's power distribution capabilities for which conduits were laid beneath the lawn's surface.
The crews on the lawn are currently working on
- improvements to the irrigation system to help manage wet and muddy spots that can develop during the summer season;
- a new subsurface drainage system for the same reasons;
- and replacement of the old, deficient soil with a new sod-friendly soil profile to create optimal conditions for the sod to root and grow.
Although the lawn has typically been ready for public use by the beginning of May, these projects (and the rainy spring weather that caused a few delays) have pushed our opening date to later in the month. In the future we will return to our regular schedule.
Installation of the sod is currently scheduled to begin on May 5 and will take two days, followed by at least two weeks that are needed for the sod to root before we can open the lawn for public use. So, thank you for your patience...it will be worth it in the end.
Check out these posts for past updates on the lawn installation and other capital projects happening in the park this spring: