Story last updated at 1/28/2009 - 11:37 am
JUNEAU - Winter often brings out the desire to run around on top of something green. Juneau residents need look no further than the Dimond Park Field House. Conveniently tucked behind a wall of spruce trees on Riverside Drive, the Field House has been open since September and offers many activities aimed at preventing cabin fever.
The 29,000 square-foot facility houses an indoor turf field, three-lane running track, batting cages and offers a variety of equipment. Facilities supervisor Jeremy Gleason praised the quality of the new turf in comparison to older versions of Astroturf. He said the new turf includes rubber fill to make the surface soft and simulate what an authentic grass field would feel like.
The turf and track are open most days of the week for a variety of organized sporting events as well as open playtime.
"Turf for Tots" is open time between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday where kids ages six and younger may have free reign of the turf under the supervision of their parents or babysitters. Some toys are provided, but kids are free to bring their own as well. The cost is $5 per child, or a 20-visit punch card can be purchased for $50.
The Field House is the current venue for Midnight Suns Softball and Baseball, and youth and adult soccer leagues. There are also open gym soccer nights every Tuesday from 9-10 p.m. The fee is $5.
The running track is open whenever the turf is being used, unless the facility is being privately rented. The cost is $2.50 for a single use, $40 for a 20-visit punch card, or $25 for unlimited use for one month.
Gleason said he has high hopes for the future of the Field House with plans for more sporting events including flag football and Ultimate Frisbee, and perhaps even using the space as a venue for concerts and community fairs.
The Field House calendar, rental information and usage fees can be found at www.dimondparkfieldhouse.org.
For more information call 523-4910 or 321-9120.
Libby Sterling may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.