That's a bummer!! To loose a great field like that hurts. I fly at Burnaby Lake Flyers "Hoods Up" in BC. We have a grass field and it's hard on gear when it grows. But we are allowed to mow in a very low cut 40 x 120 foot runway. It works and it's work...Well, for those that were in the Southern Arizona Modelers, I'm sure it was.
Was being the operative word. According the SAM website, they had their final farewell fly-in at the site on February 24th. They are now in the process of trying to find a new place for their club to fly.
I fly with Southern Arizona Gliders and Electrics, out of the SAGE field in Marana. Our runway is scraped dirt. Mind you, I'm not complaining. The trade-off is, it keeps club expenses much lower than maintaining a paved runway.