See the results of a $4.5M renovation project at Plano’s Carpenter Park Athletic Complex

A $4.5 million renovation project installing four new artificial turf playing fields at the Carpenter Park Athletic Complex in Plano is now complete. The fields can host games and practices for sports including football, soccer, lacrosse and rugby, among other activities.

The project was funded through a $15.5 million bond referendum approved by voters in 2017.

Strong interest and wear and tear on the fields led to the renovation project at Carpenter Park, according to a video report produced by the city.

“Over the years, it’s gone from a two-season to basically almost a year-round season…And you just can’t play on a natural turf that much without just wearing it to the nub and worse,” Kevin Murray, assistant parks superintendent, said in the video.

Traffic passes a polling place sign outside a Collin County Early Voting Location at Carpenter Park Recreation Center on Monday, June 29, 2020, in Plano. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

The Carpenter Park project also added new security fencing and an additional trail that makes a loop around the entire park. Two new restroom buildings, additional parking, new field lights and poles, and new irrigation were also installed. Other amenities include more trees and a decorative fence along Denham Way.

During construction, the project was temporarily stalled when crews found a red-tailed hawk nest on top of a light pole, according to the city. Crews had to work around the pole until the baby hawks were old enough to fly away.

The expected lifespan of the fields is 7 to 10 years, according to the city.

Other upcoming projects include the installation of two new athletic fields at Russell Creek Park.

Information about reserving an athletic field and policies for their use is available on the city’s athletics page.