Carrollton Parks & Recreation Receives Award for McInnish Irrigation Project
The City of Carrollton Parks & Recreation Department received the Texas Recreation & Park Society (TRAPS) 2018 Excellence in Maintenance Award for using natural resources to irrigate McInnish Sports Complex (2335 Sandy Lake Rd). The award was presented on Friday, October 19 at the TRAPS North Region Annual Conference in Rockwall.
TRAPS grants the Excellence in Maintenance Award “for superior maintenance standards and practices including creative approaches to problem solving and innovative means and methods of maintaining parks and recreation facilities.”
Irrigating the expansive 245-acre turf within McInnish and Veterans Athletic Complexes uses approximately 50 million gallons per year. The City was able to realize a 55 percent drop in annual City water consumption and a 32 percent drop in the Parks & Recreation’s irrigation budget after incorporating a new set of watering practices.
The project involved installing two intake pumps to pull water from the Trinity River to a retention pond within McInnish Sports Complex. The intake pumps maintain a set water level in the pond and feed water to irrigate four full-size soccer fields, two youth soccer fields, five adult softball fields, two adult baseball fields, eight youth baseball fields, and a four-acre dog park. Another pump near the retention pond supplies the water to the irrigation system and maintains a constant static pressure which provides efficient and effective irrigation. During times of rain, the retention pond stays full naturally and the system does not require water to be pulled from the river. The system design also allows for the water source to be switched back over to the City water supply, if needed.
“We are extremely proud of having received this award,” said Parks Manager Kim Bybee. “The installation has definitely been a windfall in seasons of low rainfall. It is a sustainable solution that continues to save money, time, and talent to keep the turf looking good and performing at its best.”
Since the project was implemented four years ago, 9 million gallons of water have been pumped from the Trinity River into the retention pond, saving more than 120 million gallons of water and netting $40,000 annually in budget savings. Combined with changes and improvements to irrigation practices, the City hopes to see an even greater savings in the years to come.
For more information about Carrollton’s Parks & Recreation Department, call 972-466-9800 or visit cityofcarrollton.com/parksandrec.