Madeira is excited to announce that we upgraded and renovated our playing fields over the summer of 2016. The renovations include a full-size, cutting-edge tournament field (that will also serve as two practice fields), a new scoreboard, bleacher seating, restoration of the lower tennis court, and landscaping and hardscaping around the field.
After much research on the quality and safety of the available turf product options, the School has chosen, and the Board of Directors has approved, the use of a 100% organic infill product called GeoFill, which is made of 90% coconut husk and 10% cork. This product has been used worldwide since 2005, and is widely considered to be the most environmentally-friendly infill choice for synthetic turf fields.
This product allows for clean water runoff, is 100% recyclable and is naturally resistant to mold and fungus. The durable turf field provides natural footing and is engineered for traction and performance. Also, GeoFill systems are cooler due to the fact that the composition of materials holds in moisture. Madeira will be one of a handful of high schools in the country to feature these newest, technically-advanced materials.
Madeira’s Head of School Pilar Cabeza de Vaca shared, “The field is already having a positive impact on our students athletic experiences and we are receiving compliments from students and parents – including opposing teams!” It has become a community gathering place and we look forward to continuing to celebrate our successes on and off the field!
At Madeira, we firmly believe that athletics represent a fundamental piece of our girls’ experience on campus. Participation in sports not only instills lifelong values such as self-discipline, cooperation, and teamwork, but it also encourages a stronger bond throughout the Madeira community.
Thank you again for making this possible, and go Snails!