$1.8 million Heritage Park project put to test

The state has spent $1.8 million on Heritage Park since last year's Capitol Lakefair, refurbishing the parking lot, installing an irrigation system and adding new turf that planners say is expected to stand up to this year's event.

The work included adding a special layer of sandy topsoil intended for heavy use, said Steve Valandra of the Department of General Administration.

"It's better designed to stand up to that wear and tear. It's like a good football field, it gets used and torn up, but a week later it's ready to go again," he said.

If the new grass should be seriously damaged, Lakefair is responsible for the repairs, according to the department.