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Back-to-school deadline looms for projects at athletic fields

August 2, 2009

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The start of classes is approaching, and contractors are working quickly to complete new athletic fields at the Lawrence’s two public high schools.

School starts for all high school students on Aug. 13.

At Free State High School, the football, soccer and baseball fields are finished. Work has begun on a multi-use facility at the south end of the football field that will house locker rooms, restrooms and concessions. An anonymous donor will pay any costs exceeding $400,000 at that site.

“They’re really moving fast on that,” said facility planning division director Tom Bracciano.

But a second restroom facility at Free State and restrooms at Lawrence High School will probably not be done in time for the teams’ first home games.

Bracciano says the district will put two air-conditioned trailers with restroom facilities at Lawrence High for the first home game Sept. 4. One trailer may be needed for Free State.

At LHS, the soccer, baseball and tennis courts have yet to be finished. While baseball is a spring sport and there isn’t as much of a rush to complete it, other arrangements will have to be made for soccer and tennis players.

“(Soccer is) going to use Holcom for a while, and if they need to play games, they can use the football field,” Bracciano said.

Another large project at LHS involves adding about 300 parking spaces. The spots on the LHS campus will be done for the start of school, Bracciano said. Larger lots are being constructed near the annex building at 21st and Louisiana streets and nearby at the site of the former tennis courts. A narrow parking lot will connect those two lots, Bracciano said. That will bring the total number of spaces at LHS to about 900.

“It will be a third more spaces on site,” he said.

Comments

timetospeakup 5 years, 4 months ago

Sorry, but if you bring the total number of parkings pots from 600 to 900, you've add 50% more spaces, not a third.

jayhawk166 5 years, 4 months ago

So Freestate is going to get a building with locker rooms paid for by a donor and LHS gets two air conditioned trailers?

jhawkfan05 5 years, 4 months ago

jayhawk166 yeah is that some crap and also stated in the article as follows: At LHS, the soccer, baseball and tennis courts have yet to be finished. While baseball is a spring sport and there isn’t as much of a rush to complete it, other arrangements will have to be made for soccer and tennis players.

“(Soccer is) going to use Holcom for a while, and if they need to play games, they can use the football field,” Bracciano said.

I guess the people on the Free State side gets all the stuff first and better since they have all the rich people on that side of the city dont want them to look bad on having to waiting on anything....But yet LHS was the first high school and it gets all the left overs...Bracciano must live in the Free State area he has to make sure that is done first and looks better....yeah free state soccer fields are done and tennis courts are done and they had a baseball field but yet LHS has to wait...Go Figure....NEVER SHOULD HAVE BUILT THAT SCHOOL TO BEGIN WITH....PLENTLY OF ROOM AT LHS TO ADD ON IF THEY NEEDED TO....GOD I HATE THE WAS FREE STATE GETS ALL THE PUBICITY AROUND HERE!!!!

Shelley Bock 5 years, 4 months ago

jhawkfan05...your comments are really funny.

The reason why Free State is ahead on such things as the soccer field is that Free State had fields available for construction early and wasn't impeded by concerns with the lawsuit. I don't know why construction of the soccer field wasn't initiated earlier, but LHS does have lights up now. (How come they get lights before Free State does? Isn't that unfair? No, just the way the construction has occurred.)

The only LHS venue that was ready to be worked on immediately was the football field. At Free State, only the tennis courts have yet to be removed and reconstructed. As a consequence, Free State is momentarily ahead.

I don't see any bias or preference being given. If so concerned, why wasn't jhawkfan05 leading the LHS charge for field improvement? I'm a Free State supporter, yet I spoke up for LHS during the controversy this Spring. Or, maybe jhawkfan05 is just being sarcastic. In reality, who cares since the job is getting done.

Take_a_letter_Maria 5 years, 4 months ago

jayhawk166 (Anonymous) says…

So Freestate is going to get a building with locker rooms paid for by a donor and LHS gets two air conditioned trailers?

LHS has locker rooms located close enough to the field that both teams can easily make it in and out during a normal half time period. Free State did not.

The trailers are only temporary at both locations.

LHS Boosters could have ponied up money for their location as well.

shubes69 5 years, 4 months ago

Take_a_letter_Maria: It's not so easy to just "pony" up $400,000 for better facilities. The boosters are doing all they can and are working on fundraisers for the school but nobody was generous enough to give us such a donation. Also, the locker rooms we are supposed to use will be located in the west gym and will be way too small to even fit the team inside while Free State is getting a locker room comparitive to the Anderson Complex at KU. There is bias in this town, because if there wasn't, LHS wouldn't be left in the dust on this deal and the donor would have donated equally to both high schools, not just one.

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