In an era of synthetic fields, a private school sought to upgrade their turf field and track in support of a competitive athletic program. The challenge: Synthetic turf was deemed out of step with the rural character of this small peninsula town, and inappropriate for this highly visible location.


For many years, athletic programs at the Priory were held on a gravel track and natural turf field, both of which had drainage problems that made for tricky maintenance and resulted in periodic field closures.

Because of the town’s sensitivity to preserving its rural character, the school could not solve its problem using synthetic turf.

The solution implemented is a rubberized track and sand-based field, which quickly drains during rain events and is now popular throughout the region for its unusual amenity: real grass!


CALA was selected by CJW Architecture for our extensive experience designing athletic facilities. Our designers were able to knowledgeably and sensitively guide the design and construction of a new 400 meter track, sand-based turf football / soccer field, high jump, long jump / triple jump, shotput, and discus area.

    Woodside Priory School Field
    Portola Valley, CA
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