Game Facility Complex:
The new drainage sytem will be installed on field #7 this June after the tournament.
Practice Facility Complex:
At the practice field we have cleared, mowed and seeded the Northeast corner of the complex. The plan is to rest for a year, reseed it and have it ready for 2016.
Over the summer we will be adding dirt to the practice facility which we will get from the construction of field #7 on the game complex.
Other future project ideas include adding tall nets to the southern fence line and building a few rebounding walls near the tree lines on the Northwest, Southwest and Southeast sides of the complex,
Multi-purpose storage and covered seating area ready by June 2017
This off-season will see construction activity as a building expansion project begins. Plans were approved by the Board of Directors at its October 2016 meeting for the construction of a multi-purpose storage building and attached covered seating area adjacent to the north side of the concession stand. The storage building will be used for equipment storage and will be the tournament registration and operations headquarters. It will replace the large tent that was located between fields 3 and 4. The covered area will be used for seating and shelter from inclement weather.
Construction has started with completion scheduled by the second week of June. The building should be complete and in use for the 31st annual Portage Soccer Classic. Construction supervision will be provided by Gordon Groves, PSC’s facilities manager, through his firm Cornerstone Construction Management.
The construction budget is $110,000 and will be funded by the PSC via existing funds and a fundraising campaign to area businesses and PSC families. A donor recognition plaque similar to the one on the north side of the existing garage will recognize donors. We hope PSC families will respond generously.
The Portage Soccer Game Complex was developed from late 2000 through early 2002. The fields were constructed over heavy clay soils. During the course of field construction the extent and depth of the clay soils was discovered. Remediation of the soils at that time would have involved removing clay soils and replacing with sand soils or installing underground drainage tiles. This solution would have cost us over a $1 million; therfore neither alternative was implemented due to cost constraints.
Over time drainage issues have arisen on fields 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7. The drainage problems on fields 1 and 7 were so bad at times it limited the play on those fields to primarily small-sided games (U12 and under).
The Field Maintenance Committee explored various proposals to improve drainage. During 2008 and 2009 the PSC had "deep tine aeration" and "sand top dressing" done on these four fields. The purpose of the deep tine aeration and sand top dressing was to change the soil composition of these fields to improve drainage. Three applications were completed adding 50 tons of sand per field per application. Unfortunately, while these treatments were helpful it did not markedly improve the field drainage.
In early 2010, the PSC hired Prein & Newhof, a local engineering firm, to investigate soil conditions and to design a subsurface drainage system. Its investigation included soil borings. The report became the impetus to repair both fields #1 and #7. The entirety of Field #1 drained poorly. This was due to the thick clay layer below the top soil. While regrading and sodding this field was an option, the better solution was to install an underground drainage system. The advantage of this system is that installation minimally disturbs the field and playability is immediate.
The western half of field 7 drained poorly due to pitch and a higher elevation along the west side. This created a bowl effect and water could not migrate off the field. The proposed solution was to strip and remove sod and a layer of unsuitable soil, import new soil, regrade to establish the proper pitch and install new sod. Additionally, a drywell and finger drains were installed on the west side (no drywell previously existed). The hope was this field would be playable in spring 2011; however, this solution was not nearly as effective as the solution used on field #1.
Since the drainage system on field #1 has worked so well, the PSC board elected to utilize this system and take a phased approach to the drainage issues on the remaining fields with issues. In 2012, we ininitated implementing a similar drainage system on field #2; in 2013 we did the same to field #3 and in 2014 we completed the drainage on field #4.
Since field #7 repairs only minimally helped the goal is to implement the other system on this field in June of 2015. These repairs are costly and run the Portage Soccer Club a little over $55,000 for each field we have completed. This is why our tournament is so important. The Portage Soccer Club takes all proceeds from the tournament and reinvests into the upkeep of the fields. Between this and having an all volunteer board and facilities crew, we are able to have one of the nicest and best maintained complexes in the state. This and great coaching provide a value to our players whichs comes at a rate which cannot be matched by anyone in the state.
Many years ago, Upjohn allowed usage of the land on the corner of Cox's Drive and Zylman for local soccer and baseball organizations. After these complexes closed, the land was used by construction companies to store supplies and equipment. As a result, the area was littered with asphalt, stone and gravel. All of this had to be cleaned up prior to seeding and use. Thanks to all the volunteers for all the hours they committed to this project. Once the area had been cleared, the grounds crew installed fencing around the West and South sides of the complex.
Additionally, since the goal mounts get the most wear and tear we are periodically realign the layout of the fields. Some of the original nets that were at the complex had been anchored with deep concrete anchors. These anchors had to be dug up and removed with tractors due to the size and weight. As facility work at the game complex is completed, top soil is brought over and used to even out the fields at the practice complex.
In 2013, we added small sided fields with grids to the Southeast area of the facility. Then in 2014, we began installing two small sided fields with hopes of having them ready for 2016.