Landscape Technology program to renovate NIC soccer field

Through collaboration with the athletics department, students in the North Idaho College Landscape Technology program began a renovation project on the NIC soccer field this week.
“The renovation was initiated due to the hazards on the soccer field,” said NIC Soccer Head Coach Dan Hogan. “The condition of the field was poor and it was just an injury waiting to happen.”
The main cause for concern was the unevenness of the field, which was created 33 years ago according to the irrigation plans used by the Landscape Technology students during the renovation dated April 12, 1973.
The students will use a Vertidrain machine, compliments of the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course which is the only company that owns such a machine in the region, to aerate the soil. The leveling phase will take about a week and then the field will be hydroseeded through a partnership with Add-A-Lawn Quality Hydroseeding and John Smith of the Hayden Lake Country Club.
The project will be complete this spring and the field will be ready in August. Practices for the men’s and women’s soccer teams will be moved to the Canfield Sports Complex throughout the spring and summer beginning April 24. Intramural sports at the college will also be disrupted through the end of spring semester.
Four students in the Landscape Technology program attended a field trip to the field at Nike World Headquarters in Portland, Ore., to research and plan for the field revitalization project at NIC, which is a collaboration between the college athletics department, the landscape program and the facilities operations department.
“This is another notch on the belt for these students as far as gaining practical experience in landscaping,” said NIC Landscape Technology Instructor Colby Weathers.
Larry Konsella of Coeur d’Alene, Tosh Carr of Coeur d’Alene, Jake Wright of Coeur d’Alene and Karyn Adams of Athol are leading the field renovation project. As the first class of students in the new Landscape Technology program at NIC, the students have edged the Canfield Baseball Field, performed yard cleanup for community members, created a display garden and green house at the NIC Ramsey Technical Building and are currently working on a steel sculpture to be installed with landscaping at a local business. 

For More Information
NIC Soccer Head Coach Dan Hogan, (208) 769-5952, or NIC Landscape Technology Instructor Colby Weathers, (208) 676-7147

Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2006

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