Funding approved for football stadium renovation

The Michigan High School Athletic Association may have canceled high school football for this fall, but the Pirates have something to look forward to. When the teams suit up next fall, they will be able to play on a new synthetic turf field. 

The Riverview Community School District Board of Education cleared the last hurdle in providing this renovation by approving the necessary funding for the stadium renovation at the Aug. 25 regular meeting.

This question has been a heavy point of discussion during community forums both prior to the bond and following the successful passing of the bond and sinking fund. With the passing of the bond and sinking funds, the district has been able to address their most critical concerns.  This one remained. 

By resurfacing this field, the district will be able to: 

• Reduce maintenance cost and increase usability.   

• Provide practice and activity usage for athletics and band.   

• Avoid closing fields due to rain, no canceled athletic practices or concerns of field damage due to conditions. 

• Gym classes will be able to schedule outdoor activities with consistency. 

• Avoid contaminated stormwater runoff from pesticides and fertilizers  

• Endure high traffic from every sport and easy to maintain (five times usage) 

• Keep pace with surrounding districts. 

The $2.5 million project will not only include the foundation and drainage of the new athletic field but complete track reconstruction as well and will be funded by non-voted bonds. Construction will occur with the approved bond work at the high school. 

The district has used non-voted bonds before. Most recently, they approved bonds for energy efficiency projects that were completed this past summer. As a result, this project will result in no increased taxes for the community and will not have a negative impact on our existing programs. 

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