The Portland Timbers constructed as part of a 10-year partnership with Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD), a $6 million adidas Timbers Training Center as the primary on-field training ground for the Major League Soccer club, complementing the first-class training and fitness facilities already in place at Providence Park.
The training center, located on THPRD property in Beaverton approximately 10 minutes from Providence Park, includes a new natural-grass field maintained by ProGrass Landscape Care and Design to be used exclusively by the Timbers and a synthetic, FieldTurf field designated for public use.
The adidas Timbers Training Center features a 6,000-square-foot indoor facility that includes locker rooms for the Timbers first team and development teams, fully equipped training and fitness areas, offices and a spacious lounge/common area for Timbers players.
The grass field is a combination of 75 percent perennial ryegrass and 25 percent Kentucky bluegrass, a blend well-suited for cooler climates and one that provides dense, uniform cover, and greater stability, footing and durability. The grass field will be maintained by ProGrass, a locally owned and operated, full-service horticulture firm serving much of the Northwest.
As part of the public/private partnership with THPRD, the Timbers make an annual donation to the Tualatin Hills Park Foundation and conduct a series of annual youth soccer camps and coaches’ clinics at the adidas Timbers Training Center.
ADIDAS TIMBERS TRAINING CENTER QUICK FACTS
- The grass field was planted in mid-January 2012 from one-year-old sod.
- The sod was planted in a vertically draining, sand-based root zone that includes small amounts of peat and calcined clay to stabilize moisture content and to hold nutrients.
- The grass field was built using over 4,600 tons of specialty sand blend (383 truckloads) and drains up to 12 inches of precipitation an hour.
- Both fields include lighting systems that employ aggressive shielding to limit glare, spill light and sky glow.
- Both fields include FIFA international field dimensions of 70x110 and have more than one mile of drainage.
- The synthetic field is a two-inch sand and rubber in-filled surface and is installed on a vertically draining, aggregate base.
- The overall project took 5,240 man hours to complete.
About Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District
Formed in 1955, THPRD is the largest special park district in Oregon, spanning about 50 square miles and serving more than 220,000 residents in the greater Beaverton area. The district provides year-round recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Offerings include a wide variety of classes, 90 park sites with active recreational amenities, 60 miles of trails, eight swim centers, six recreation centers, and 1,400 acres of natural areas. For more information, visit www.thprd.org or call (503) 645-6433.
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ProGrass is the Portland area's premium landscape and lawn care firm and is proud to support the Timbers and their fans with the best in landscape services. Oregon-based since 1978, ProGrass is a true Northwest horticultural resource, creating beautiful outdoor living spaces and professional natural turf playing fields. Building on their reputation for quality lawn care ProGrass has expanded to serve Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, and the greater Seattle-Tacoma area. If you need landscaping services - or just some lawn care advice - get in touch with ProGrass today!