If all goes as planned, work will begin next spring on the construction of a $1 million track and field upgrade at La Ronge’s Churchill Community High School.
“It’s always been one of those big-ticket items we wanted to have included at our school,” teacher and coach Gabe Andrews who is leading the fundraiser said. “It won’t just serve athletes from our school, but many athletes from the North. I hope all the people who would like to use the facility think about contributing to it.”
Once completed, the new space will include a 400-meter rubberized track surface, a crowned in-field for soccer and football, as well as the enhancement of adjacent fields. As the work will be done in the lower field at Churchill, Andrews noted funds will be needed for fill material, grading, drainage systems, a track base and finished surface, soil and sod for the field areas and labour. The first two phases, which are both expected to be done by next fall, include getting the soil and sod in place, as well as having the track ready for the pre-asphalt phase. The remainder of the work could happen in 2020.
In the coming months, Andrews expects a fundraising committee will be formed and he’s inviting any residents interested in joining to contact him. While there’s current a GoFundMe account set up for the cause, he’s hoping to receive donations from individuals, businesses and government. Starting in 2019, Andrews said people will notice more fundraisers in the tri-communities for the track and field.
“We’d like to get the process started as soon as possible,” he said. “If it takes more than the two or three years we have planned, we’re flexible for that.”
Also in 2019, Andrews will have a drawing of the plans created so residents can get a better idea about what will be done.
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