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.