Fayette Athletic Boosters discuss sports fields 7.22.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

The Fayette Athletic Boosters know they’re tens of thousands of dollars away from obtaining athletic fields at the new school, but that’s not stopping the group from planning for the future.

The Boosters met July 15 with Andrew Wright of the Buehrer Group design firm to begin planning for ball fields and a running track.

Wright presented a proposed layout for facilities on land east of the school and he gave some rough estimates of costs.

Wright said his firm has recently completed athletic field work and he based estimates on those projects.

An all-surface running track could cost $176,000 for a six-lane layout and $221,000 for eight lanes. Those prices don’t include field event layout.

Baseball and softball fields could cost about $42,000, not including fencing and dugouts. He placed fencing costs $18 a linear foot.

Wright’s estimates do not include grading of the property, which he pegged at $40,000, and other miscellaneous costs such as drainage, electrical work connections to existing sewer lines and a concession stand.

Curt Fether of the Boosters noted the drawing for the baseball field was short of the state regulations for tournament play, but he said there appears to be room for modifications.

“If you’re planning for it, you might as well do it right,” he said.

Wright said the construction permit for the new school has not yet been closed, so work can proceed without the cost of obtaining additional permits.

Booster member Sarah Schrock asked if work could be done by volunteers. Other than design work, Wright said, volunteers could participate throughout the project.

Schrock said the Boosters have received several commitments for materials, but nothing specific can be arranged until the exact needs are known.

She said discussions among Boosters members have suggested grading the property and installing drainage tiles, then roughing in practice areas. The facility would be finished as funds became available.

A benefit to that approach, said teacher and coach Ryan Colegrove, is that it should be easier to raise funds when there’s something to see, such as a stone track that could later serve as a base for the finished track.

The Boosters have $25,000 in a new track fund and an additional $20,000 in the general fund, part of which could be used for facilities.

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