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Portland Public Schools, Parks & Rec chart course to replace Grant Bowl field

An artificial turf field at Grant Park was closed to athletics use in early August after it failed an inspection.

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Restoration efforts were made after Grant Bowl failed three safety tests in November and December 2022, and again in May 2023.

Photo by Portland Parks & Recreation

Portland Parks & Recreation and Portland Public Schools (PPS) have joined forces to reopen a popular field at Grant Park in time for fall sports in 2024.

Earlier this month, the city closed the artificial turf field known as “Grant Bowl” for organized sports and stopped issuing permits for its use after it failed an inspection by an outside contractor. Grant Bowl’s artificial turf was first installed in September 2013 and came with a three-year warranty — though the turf was expected to last between eight and 10 years. In the last decade, the field saw heavy usage by both the community and nearby Grant High School athletics programs.

PPS and the parks department have agreed to collaborate on developing replacement cost estimates, a funding plan, and ironing out a timeline. In the meantime, Grant High School athletes will play at other sports fields in the Portland parks system.

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