Athletics

Oak Knoll Turf Project

Thank you for your interest in the Oak Knoll School Turf Project! We hope to break ground in the spring of 2018 and need your generous support. Your gifts - regardless of size - will help Oak Knoll School upgrade its natural grass playing surface to turf at its athletics complex in Chatham Township and upgrade the existing artificial turf on the Summit campus. This ensures our award-winning programs can continue to compete against the best in the state.

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your consideration and generosity toward Oak Knoll School.
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Progress

Paving the Way for Our Future

You’re invited to be a part of Royal history and “pave the way” for future generations of athletic excellence! As we continue into the next phase of the project, we hope you will consider “paving the way” in support of Oak Knoll athletics by buying a brick to be permanently memorialized around our upper field flag pole in Chatham. Please click here or on the brick below to learn more about supporting the project.

Project Completion

Project Update: August 2018

Project Update: June 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Will the Lower School be able to take advantage of the new turf in Chatham?

    Yes, we anticipate having our Lower School sports programs experience the new turf at Chatham as well as on the Summit campus.
  • What is the shelf life of the new turf?

    Life expectancy for new turf is approximately 7-10 years, depending on how we use it and care for it.  
  • Why are we turfing Chatham Fields?

    Turfing the upper field in Chatham will provide our spring sports earlier access to training as well as a playable surface in the various weather elements we have been experiencing this spring. Additionally, the turf will enable our fall sports an opportunity to compete competitively at home, and provide us a playing surface suitable for state playoffs for all of our field sports. The state high school sports sanctioning body (NJSIAA) mandates that state tournament games after a certain level be played on turf fields, making it impossible to host many home playoff games due to our grass field surfaces. We have also seen an increase in teams refusing to play us at home due to our grass fields, and have forced us to play high-level competition on the road, or renting outside facilities to host these games. A turf field will serve all levels of our athletic programs by providing a safe playable surface regardless of most weather.
  • What are the benefits to turf vs. natural grass?

    Artificial turf stands up to heavy use and allows for year-round activity with low maintenance requirements. It also allows our teams to continue performing at high levels competitively, creating a playing surface suitable for post season competition.
  • What sports will benefit from these projects?

    All of our field sports at Oak Knoll will have an opportunity to train on the turf field at Chatham as the field will be lined for multiple sports. Additionally, our year-round running program and 7/8 and 5/6 grade sports programs will use the newly renovated turf field on our Summit campus regularly.
  • Why are we re-turfing the field in Summit?

    Our existing turf in Summit is 11 years old and had a life-expectancy of 10 years. It has stood up well to the usage but is in need of an update for safety and playing surface reasons.
  • Is synthetic turf safe?

    More than 50 independent and credible studies have validated the safety of synthetic turf (Synthetic Turf Council, 2018).
  • Does this project only impact sports at Oak Knoll?

    No. The Summit turf field is used by both the Lower and Upper schools. The Lower School uses the Summit turf for recess, physical education and as part of a number of academically based and extra-curricular activities. The Upper School uses the Summit turf for physical education. It is the center of our athletic facilities on campus, and a space that is used by many year-round.
  • What is artificial turf?

    It is a high-quality synthetic grass that looks and plays like real grass.
  • What type of artificial turf is Oak Knoll using?

    FieldTurf Multi 50 is the proposed turf system for this playing surface. Multi 50 is a shorter pile turf carpet than the typical longer pile types that are most relevant for multipurpose field usage. This product will allow faster play for field hockey while also providing a great playing surface for softball, lacrosse and soccer.
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is a Catholic independent school coeducational from kindergarten to grade 6 and all girls in grades 7 to 12. Oak Knoll was founded in 1924 and is one of 10 schools in the Holy Child Network of Schools that provides independent Catholic education across the United States.

OAK KNOLL SCHOOL OF THE HOLY CHILD

44 Blackburn Road
Summit, NJ 07901
Phone: (908) 522-8100
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