The Palmyra-Macedon Central School District took the first steps last spring in developing a plan to enhance athletic facilities by holding a facilities planning discussion with district stakeholders.
District representatives, community members along with King + King Architects, Watchdog Building Partners, and Municipal Solutions, Inc. attended the discussion to examine ways to increase facility access during inclement weather, particularly in the spring season.
Discussion and planning at the meeting centered on the possibility of constructing a multi-purpose turf athletic field or a multi-purpose indoor turf athletic facility. In conjunction with the Giordano family and friends, the District is also exploring ways in which those interested in honoring David Giordano, a longtime Pal-Mac coach and community leader, may be able to support the district’s plans.
In total, eight conceptual designs of varying scope and cost were presented by representatives from King + King Architects, Municipal Solutions, Inc. and Watchdog Building Partners. Four initial designs focus on ways to integrate a multi-purpose turf playing field to be used for soccer and lacrosse along with baseball and softball.
One plan shown uses hybrid turf baseball and softball fields with turf in the infield only and grass in the outfield, and another focuses on constructing a multi-purpose turf field targeted for use by soccer and lacrosse with the addition of a new grass softball field.
Two conceptual ideas to build a standalone indoor turf facility were presented as well. In all conceptual scenarios, the use of turf fields would not only allow use during inclement weather but also require less maintenance than typical grass playing surfaces and/or dirt infields (baseball and softball).
The use of New York State Building Aid is available to finance most of the cost for six of the concepts (excluding indoor facilities). To finance the remaining portion of potential projects, several funding options are available including the use of the fund balance, fundraising and donations, reserve funds and tax levy increases. Financing of the work will be based on estimated project costs, NYS Building Aid and input from the community. These factors will be crucial to the Pal-Mac Board of Education as it makes its decision on overall project direction.
Several community members in attendance including Brian and Nate Giordano, sons of David Giordano, and Chris Corey, representing Pal-Mac Youth baseball, expressed a desire to work with the school district to ensure a successful plan for the entire community. Corey discussed the positive relationship among the district and local youth sports organizations, adding Pal-Mac youth baseball is prepared to assist with fundraising efforts to help fund the construction of updated athletic facilities.
Each option presented at the meeting was conceptual in nature and no specific decisions have been made by the Pal-Mac Board of Education. The scope and cost of each project are yet to be determined. Additional options outside of what was presented at the meeting may be considered based upon further exploration.
The planning process and community input process will continue over the next several months. In the early fall, the district plans to gather community feedback on facilities through its new software tool Thoughtexchange. The tool will allow the district to ask open-ended questions of the community to gather anonymous feedback and spur discussion.
Based on information received from experts and feedback from community members, a final plan will be formulated in cooperation with the Board of Education. The plan will need approval from the Board of Education before it is put to residents in a vote potentially in late 2020.
“We are in the early stages of the planning process as we seek to evaluate options for the future of our athletic facilities,” said Pal-Mac Superintendent Dr. Bob Ike. “The initial meeting afforded us the opportunity to receive valuable community feedback and begin the cultivation of a collaborative plan which fits not only the needs of the district but the entire Pal-Mac community.”
Those with questions or that want to provide feedback may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For updates including future facilities discussion dates, please monitor the Pal-Mac website, palmaccsd.org.