Board OKs preliminary plan to upgrade outdoor athletic complex

Grafton district poised to start first phase of project expected to cost $4.39 million

A RENDERING SHOWING anticipated upgrades of Grafton High School’s outdoor athletic facilities is included in a master plan given preliminary approval by the School Board on Monday. The plan details improvements to the football stadium, soccer field and track.
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Plans to improve Grafton High School’s outdoor athletic facilities are taking shape.

The School Board on Monday approved a general outline of the $4.39 million outdoor facility master plan in order to seek public-private sponsorship agreements for the project.

The first phase will include new fencing around the football stadium and improvements to two entrances at the field, upgrades expected to cost $560,964.

“Since Grafton Elementary School is gone, (the field) doesn’t have a safe and controlled entry,” Supt. Jeff Nelson said at the board meeting.

Most of the cost of the first phase will be paid with a $425,000 donation from Acuity Insurance’s charitable foundation, which includes naming rights for the school gymnasium and new signage. That agreement was also approved at the meeting.

Nelson said the first phase is a priority in order for the district to raise more funds. Work is expected to begin this summer.

The district is seeking sponsorships because improvements to the athletic facilities were not covered in the $39.9 million school-facilities referendum project approved by voters two years ago.

The second phase of the project includes improvements to the football field and its surrounding track at a cost of $1.6 million. That will include adding synthetic turf, installing stadium lighting and rearranging stations for track and field events.

A third phase involves improvements to the varsity soccer field, which will have new stadium lighting, as well as a building for concessions, bathrooms and storage. The plan also includes a pedestrian path and plaza area.

The cost of third-phase work is estimated at $1 million.

Under the master plan, a fourth and final phase of improvements will include a new scoreboard, flagpole and sound system for the football field. The cost is $768,000.

The master plan does not include relocating the varsity baseball and softball fields, which will be discussed by the board in the future.

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