The city of Sammamish will get more community athletic fields this fall. Construction is under way at Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave...

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The city of Sammamish will get more community athletic fields this fall.

Construction is under way at Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave. N.E., to build soccer, lacrosse, baseball and softball fields on the 3.2-acre tract next to the school’s football field.

Grading, adding storm drainage and putting in fence posts are under way now. Completion is expected by early November.

The city is funding the $2.5 million project. The partnership between the city and the Lake Washington School District formed out of the city’s desire to create more community ballfields in Sammamish.

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The property will be used by the school on weekdays from 3 to 5 p.m. It will open to the public after 5 p.m. on weekdays, all day on weekends and when school is out of session, said Linda Frkuska, parks planner.

Sports lighting will be installed for evening events and the fields will feature synthetic turf — to be laid out at the end of the month — instead of natural grass, Frkuska said.

Synthetic fields require less maintenance, which translates to cost savings in the long term, she said. There’s no need for mowing, watering or fertilizing and the turf only has to be changed about every 10 to 12 years, Frkuska added.

“With natural fields, they really need to rest and recuperate,” she said. “Because of our [rainy] weather, you can’t play on them all year round.”

The city awarded the contract to Seattle-based Ohno Construction Co., which installed synthetic turf at Qwest Field, where the Seattle Seahawks play.

Sonia Krishnan: 206-515-5546 or skrishnan@seattletimes.com