The December Palmyra-Macedon Board of Education meeting featured an update on improvements to district athletic facilities from Deputy Superintendent Ralph Brongo.
At the meeting, the district finalized plans to proceed with construction of the new softball field as approved by voters in 2017. The location of the field will be west of the High School parking lot, and artificial turf will be used for the infield only. The softball field is among work planned to be put out to bid this winter with construction anticipated to begin in 2020.
Last spring, 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 May community forum. Based on input from the community and consultation with advisors, the Board of Education accepted the recommendation to consider artificial turf for both the baseball infield and the soccer and lacrosse field as part of the scope of the next facility improvement proposal.
The installation of artificial playing surfaces would allow district athletes as well as the community to better utilize facilities during adverse weather conditions, particularly the early spring months Brongo noted.
As presented, the estimated cost of the artificial turf project would be $4.5 million and would be eligible for New York State Building Aid. To help offset the local share of the multi-purpose field, the district is working with the David Giordano Memorial Fund which is currently soliciting donations for the project. To donate, please visit www.racf.org/Giordano.
At this time and with the exception of the softball field, 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 (likely in December 2020).
Discussion also took place on ways to improve the use of underutilized land 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, roadway and parking area(s) closer to athletic fields and improved site drainage. This topic will continue to be discussed moving forward with a goal of developing a plan that is utilitarian and cost effective.
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