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New recreation field nears completion at Naval Base

August 10, 2013 · Updated 11:27 AM

A new multipurpose turf field and track surface is nearing completion at the Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor Fitness Center. The facility will be open to all Moral, Welfare and Recreation program patrons. / Contributed

POULSBO — Hellas Sports Construction is nearing completion of the design-build of the multipurpose turf field and new track surface at the Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor Fitness Center.

The new synthetic turf will sport markings for flag football and soccer as well as the vibrant Naval Base Kitsap Emblem at the midfield line. The Navy Intramural Sport Program will use the field to support Flag Football, Ultimate Frisbee and Soccer.

When not in use for the Navy Base’s organized sports programs or recreation for patrons, the Navy Command will perform physical readiness training on the new surfaces.

The turf is designed for high durability and longevity. The epiQ TRACKS system, also by Hellas, has proven an enhanced performance running surface providing increased speed and control.

“Our troops deserve the most up-to-date facilities,” said Reed J. Seaton, president and CEO of Hellas. “These additions and improvements will be of great benefit to the men and women of the Navy and their families. I am very pleased they chose Hellas.”

The first program to take place on the field will be the Navy Flag Football Season, which begins in August. The Base averages nearly 28 teams equating to 560 players.

Naval Base Kitsap serves as the host command for the Navy’s fleet throughout the West Puget Sound and provides base operating services, including support for surface ships and submarines home-ported at Bremerton and Bangor. The base also provides service, programs, and facilities that meet the needs of hosted warfighting commands, tenant activities, crew, and employees. The base is the largest naval organization in Navy Region Northwest and is composed of installations in Bremerton, Bangor and Keyport.

“We have not had a soccer program for four years because of poor field conditions,” said Beth Leone-Mullins, manager of the Moral, Welfare and Recreations Installation Program at Naval Base Kitsap. “In [2014], we are excited to be able to re-introduce soccer to our program.”The Bangor Fitness Center is located in building 2700 at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor.



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