WHAT'S GOING ON? ... with the Greencastle-Antrim school grounds?
The stadium renovation project is on track, no pun intended.
The $2.5 million project broke ground on May 15 on the multi-purpose field at the north end of the athletic complex. The Monday after graduation the crews descended upon Kaley Field and the track. Today piles of dirt keep growing as the fields are prepared for artificial turf. Kevin Weller, project manager, didn't know how many cubic yards have been moved, but "it's a lot." The dirt is being stockpiled for future use by the school district.
With substantial completion set for Aug. 15, and fall sports teams planning to practice on the facilities, no time gets wasted. Even in the rain Tuesday morning, equipment was in action getting ready for next week's transformation.
"The carpet for the multi-purpose field is due the week of June 27 and will take 15 to 20 days to install," said Weller. Kaley Field will be replaced after that.
The workers have not encountered any major obstacles. Weller said a 200-foot section of the track in front of the home bleachers carried a depression and now they know why. It was installed over topsoil, which settled. That part will be replaced, after filling in the ground with clay and compactable material.
"There's no room for hiccups," Weller said of meeting the deadline.
The stadium lights will also be replaced.
A capital campaign called G-A MAAX has formed to offset the costs of construction. A committee of nine is laying the groundwork for the non-profit organization and already one challenge has been issued. Sunnyway Foods donated $10,000, and will add another $40,000 if nine more individuals or businesses match its initial contribution by the end of August.