Lakeview stadium getting turf field
By BRIAN DZENIS
Lakeview High School’s Don Richards Memorial Stadium should have a new turf field in time for the 2016 football season, Lakeview athletic director Austin Handrych said.
Handrych said the field will debut for the football team’s Aug. 26 opener against Campbell. The community did its best to take care of the current grass field, but it was time for an upgrade, Handrych said.
“Turf is what it is. I can’t say enough about how the grass field has been upkept. The upkeep has been phenomenal,” Handrych said. “We’ve had a lot of community members donate and work hard on that field.”
Other planned upgrades include a new track, expanded visitor seating and making the home stands compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The work to upgrade the bathrooms already is done and are now ADA compliant.
The upgrades come as part of the levy voters passed in 2015 for a 4.55-bond mill issue and a 0.5-mill operating levy. That levy covers both the construction of a new pre-k- through eighth-grade building and upgrades to the stadium.
The cost for both projects is $33 million, with the school district receiving a 30 percent discount from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.
Among the perks with a new track include not having Lakeview’s soccer teams practice and play at a separate site. The band will be able to perform on the field,
The field can be used by the school’s other sports teams or for other school programs.
Lakeview is set to host a Division II district track meet starting on May 19,
With a new field in the fall, more postseason possibilities can open up.
“We like to have our name out there. It’s great to host things. It’s great to have our community around us. They’ve always given us support with that,” Handrych said. “We do a lot here and we’d love to get as much people in the stadium as possible.”