Franklin Square. Photo courtesy of Recreation and Parks

San Francisco’s Franklin Square field is open again after a four-month facelift, the Recreation and Parks Department reports.

The synthetic turf field was originally completed in 2003. Though turf can be played on in all weather and doesn’t need to “rest,” the field saw heavy use and after 13 years, needed renovation.

The Recreation and Parks department not only removed the old turf and recycled it, but also installed new drainage infrastructure, replaced the perimeter fence and made it eight feet taller, and adde dsome new soccer goals.

Benches, trash cans, and a drinking fountain were also replaced, along with four eucalyptus trees that had become hazardous that were then replaced with eight new trees.

The fields at Franklin Square is among the first to be replaced and the first to use sand and cork as infill.

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