Construction at the new Moscow School District Community Play Fields at Joseph Street is finished. This cooperative effort between the city of Moscow and the school district will benefit Moscow sports teams and allow us to host tournaments for the benefit of the whole community. There is also a new walking path that is already being used. The grass on the play field is green and growing. So why can’t the play fields be used until Spring of 2016? The grass is made up of a mix of perennial species of wear tolerant bluegrass, turf type tall fescue, and pseudo-stoloniferous perennial ryegrass. They get started slower because they are wired to survive for the long haul. So this first year those perennial grasses are putting down roots and building reserves so that they can fill in, get thicker, and get tough to stick around for many years to come. If hundreds of kids stomp on those fields before the perennials are ready, we end up with weak turf that we are constantly struggling to replace. This project was a long time in coming and we know that it’s hard to just watch the grass grow but that’s exactly what is needed for a long lasting set of fields that we can all be proud of.
Kim Garland Campbell
USDA-ARS Wheat Breeding
Moscow School District Board Member