John Hellmuth
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NDP Breaks Ground on Turf Field Honoring Love

In mid-May, Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDP) will begin construction of a turf field honoring Yeardley Reynolds Love ’06. This turf field will replace an already-existing grass field, located between the softball and the Batza fields, on the school’s campus.

In February, Sister Patricia McCarron, headmistress of NDP, and members of the school’s Building and Grounds Committee met with the Hampton Improvement Association (HIA) to outline the timeframe for construction. The field is expected to be completed in mid-August, with as minimal disruption as possible to the Hampton community.

In the first ten days of the project, a temporary access road to accommodate construction vehicles will be built from the lower parking lot to the field area. Once the road is constructed, excavation for the field will begin, followed by the installation of an underground drain system for managing storm water run-off. After that, a stone (gravel) sub-base will be installed across the entire area of the field. These activities will take until about the end of June. The month of July will be dedicated to “shaping the field” and installing the turf, which will arrive on large flat-bed trucks and resemble very large rolls of wall-to-wall green carpeting. The turf will come totally pre-lined from the factory with all regulation sports lines, the NDP logo and, of course, Yeardley Love’s name on both sidelines. Finally, the temporary road will be removed and all disturbed grass areas will be restored and reseeded. The project should be fully complete by August 20th.

At the February meeting with HIA members, project planners explained that all efforts will be made to provide minimal disturbance to the Hampton neighborhood. The construction day will begin around 7 a.m. most days of the week in an effort to meet the mid-August completion date. Nearby neighbors may overhear the unavoidable back-up beeps from trucks, which are required for safety reasons. While the construction site will be temporarily lit at night for safety and security reasons, the lights will be directed away from the adjacent houses. As the project gets underway, the HIA leadership will be provided with contact information for the designated project manager as a “point of contact” for neighbors in case any questions or concerns arise.

Notre Dame Preparatory is humbled to honor Ms. Love, who was a stand-out lacrosse and field hockey player, strong student, leader, and volunteer, with this athletic field. She was tragically killed in May 2010 at the University of Virginia, where she played lacrosse. Since her death, NDP has joined with The One Love Foundation on several fundraising initiatives for the field. Last year, The Charles T. Bauer Foundation issued a challenge grant which resulted in the creation of a fully endowed scholarship in Love’s name and more than $500,000 for the field project, which will cost an estimated $1.2 million.

Should any HIA resident have questions about this project, please do not hesitate to contact Cami Colarossi, NDP director of communications, at colarossic@notredameprep.com.

John Hellmuth

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