The Palmyra-Macedon Central School District continues to discuss options for adding multi-purpose field turf on the Hyde Parkway Campus.
In spring of 2019, district leaders along with architects and fiscal advisors shared eight conceptual designs for multi-purpose artificial turf fields of varying scope and cost at a community forum.
Based on input from the community and consultation with advisors, the Board of Education accepted the recommendation to consider artificial field turf for the baseball infield, and the soccer and lacrosse field as part of the scope of the next facility improvement proposal. The district also finalized plans to proceed with construction of a new softball field as approved by voters in 2017. The field, which is currently under construction (pictured), is located west of the high school parking lot, and artificial turf will be used for the infield only. Work is expected to be completed in the coming months.
The installation of artificial playing surfaces offers district athletes as well as the community an opportunity to better utilize facilities during adverse weather conditions, particularly in the early spring months.
Meanwhile, the district continues to explore ways to enhance land usage on the Hyde Parkway Campus. Approximately 28 of 82 acres (34%) at the Hyde Parkway Campus are not utilized or are underutilized at this time. Ideas discussed, which prioritize maintaining the beauty and integrity of the property, included adding hiking/mountain biking/cross country trails, outdoor instructional space, spectator seating, roads and parking area(s) closer to athletic fields and improved site drainage.
Discussions on facility improvements and a future referendum will continue at upcoming meetings. At this time, no final decisions have been made regarding the specific plan for athletic facilities. Any decision made would require Board of Education approval and voter approval.
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