BUHS football field renovation begins
Weeds have been treated and new irrigation infrastructure is being installed. Bishop Unified School District Superintendent Barry Simpson updated the board of trustees at this weeks regular meeting. “Its something that needs to be done. What we found is really two issues with the field. First it gets a lot of use, following football season we roll right into our soccer season. By the time the soccer season is done, we have really pounded that field, the grass is pretty much gone, to be quite honest, its almost unsafe.”
To give the main field time to rest the school has been working with the City of Bishop to install a practice field in the rear of the city park. Due to the ongoing drought, that effort has stalled as the city is holding off seeding the new field. Simpson is hopeful the new city park field will be planted this fall.
Superintendent Simpson notes the second reason the field is suffering is due to a poor irrigation system. “The irrigation system was really not meeting the needs of that field, we were not getting the coverage from the sprinklers, and so we were not getting the kind of regrowth that we needed.”
To address the irrigation system, new infrastructure in being installed. The track and field are currently closes as open trenches exist near the finish line of the track and the length of the 50-yard line. Following the irrigation upgrade field treatments will continue.
“There are some applications to get rid of the weeds that have taken hold, that is going on now. Following the irritation system installation and getting sprinklers up and running, we will do some aeration , over-seeding , and apply fertilizer. We are working with two local companies, they feel we can defiantly bring that field back and get it ready for the mid august start of football season.”
The first scheduled home game for the Broncos is set for Friday, August 28th. The Broncos will open at home with Whittier Christian.