Back to the topic of drainage. In this post, we look at drainage along a backstop wall. Often, a new brick or solid surface wall is constructed with little to no consideration to drainage. Obviously, a solid wall will need drainage to move water. A french drain can be installed, but I prefer not to have gravel on the surface of a warning track or full infield softball surface as illustrated below.
The best option is a channel drain.
Let’s go the the MLB/P&G Cincinnati Reds Urban Youth Academy. The complex constructed in fall 2013 and opened in spring 2014. The goal of the installation was to ensure water moved off the warning track. Channel drains were installed and tied into the drainage from the wall. Finally a heel proof cover was added. Problem solved! To be clear, the drainage supplier was requiring that the drain be installed with 4 inches of concrete on both sides of the drain in the event of a vehicle driving over the drain. Needless to say, this was removed due to the fact that you cannot drive over the drain. No issues after 2+ years of play/maintenance.
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