Release Date 3-29-2013
Old Town High School Victory Field To Have New All Weather Track
After many years of planning by a group know as the Restore The Pride Committee, Old Town High School Victory Field is getting a much needed upgrade. This exciting improvement is made possible through very generous financial support & in-kind work donated by local individuals and companies. The improvements will include an all-weather rubberized 8 lane track with areas for field events; a new press box; fencing; scoreboard; and a new entrance to the complex. The work is planned to be completed and be ready for use in the fall of 2013. Also included in the project will be the development of a practice field and a renovated concession stand & restrooms.
According to Mark Graffam, Chair of the RSU #34 Education Foundation and a “charter member” of the Restore the Pride effort, this is hoped to be the first phase of much needed improvements to the OTHS athletic complex. “It is our hope that as both the RSU #34 Education Foundation & Restore the Pride groups can identify additional funding, the installation of a synthetic turf field for football; soccer; & field hockey can become a reality.” Graffam was quick to add that these improvements as well as future improvements, will not only benefit the students at OTHS but also YMCA & City Recreation youth teams.
The estimated value of the phase one work is estimated to be $650,000.00. “The support of individuals and businesses in the RSU #34 community for this project is unbelievable” said David Walker, Superintendent for RSU #34 and also a charter member of the Restore the Pride effort. “To think a project such as this with huge benefit to the community could be possible without large sums of general fund budget dollars raised through property taxes is simply amazing and a testament to the dedication of this community to its youth” Walker added.
Groundwork for construction of the track could begin as soon as mid-April with a majority of the work generously donated by Sargent Corporation. It is hoped once the groundwork is completed the paving & and all other aspects of the project will begin with the finishing touch of the rubberized surface happening sometime this summer. The in-kind donation of gravel by the City of Old Town, drawings and permitting by Sewall Co. and a generous cash donation by Joe and Sue Cyr have funded over 70% of what is needed to complete this phase of the project. “We are confident in our ability to raise the remaining funds through contacts with other local business, citizens and OTHS alumni” said Graffam.
School officials, representatives of RSU#34 Education Foundation and the Restore the Pride committee plan to dedicate the track and other improvement to Victory Field at the first home football game September 6.