Artificial turf helps Nativity School in Rancho Santa Fe support California’s drought goals


The Nativity School in Rancho Santa Fe opened the school year with a brand-new artificial-turf field.

After four years of research on the drainage issues caused by the floodplain zone where the school is located, the results were a fully renovated 100-yard playing field. The Nativity School uses the field for outdoor play as well as its own after-school sports teams. The field is striped for football, lacrosse and soccer.

The new drainage system consists of a series of layers, designed to infiltrate surface water into the subsurface soils and to eventually replenish the water table.

From ground-breaking to full completion, the project took 10 weeks. Under the direction of field designer and architect Bob Harding of D.A. Hogan, Ohno Construction accomplished the new field perimeters, the drainage system and fencing, and oversaw the installation of the new surface materials by AstroTurf and SoCal Track.

The new field supports drought goals by not only replenishing the water table but also eliminating the need for further water use. Over the field’s lifetime, this will save the Olivenhain Water District millions of gallons available for more essential needs in the area. Also, the new turf requires none of the usual chemicals for regular grass field maintenance like fertilizers and pesticides.

“It is our moral obligation to do all we can to protect our natural resources by using them efficiently,” said Principal Margaret Heveron. This leadership carries over into the students’ attitudes. Students take an active role in ecology on campus and in their community, exemplified by a specific Student Council role of Commissioner of Ecology, who provides reminders of how every student can save water each day.

To learn more about The Nativity School, visit Personal tours are also available with Principal Heveron. Call the school office at 858-756-6763.