The turf at the Shoenbaum Soccer Stadium at Coonskin Park is falling apart, but should be covered under a warranty by the manufacturer, the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission learned Thursday.
Parks Director Jeff Hutchinson said despite the fact that the turf is supposed to last 10 to 15 years, but turf fibers have started to break off and shred just six years after having been installed.
The turf was manufactured by FieldTurf, a division of Tarkett Sports. Premature failures of similar fields around the county have also been reported, including at professional and collegiate fields.
"I don't think we'll have any problem with them," Hutchinson said, adding that the field is still safe.
The field is used by the University of Charleston and the West Virginia Chaos PDL soccer team. It has also hosted state high school soccer tournaments in the past.
In other business, the parks commission:
* Discussed asking the Kanawha County Commissioners for two new employees - one for administrative work and one for maintenance work.
Retired Gen. Allen Tackett, a member of the commission, said the extra employees would match the needs of the park system.
"If they had two additional people, they could keep up with everything that's going on," he said.
Because of past budget cuts from the county commission, the parks department has cut nine employees from its payroll.
"We need some help," Hutchinson said.