East Lyme High School baseball field repairs to cost district $175,000

East Lyme High School baseball field repairs to cost district $175,000

The baseball field at East Lyme High School is set to be repaired, just years after the district spent $60,000 on new dugouts.

The outfield is in such disrepair that, after a study, it was recommended that the district completely reconstruct it, something that would cost $130,000 alone, according to the video of the Aug. 16 Board of Education meeting.

Facilities director Christian Lund said at the meeting that the design, engineering, consulting, project management and first year worth of turf growing would run the district another $22,000.

“One of the undetermined, or primary undetermined, costs at this point in time would be the installation of a water line from the current service line on the campus wherever closest to the baseball field would be,” Lund said, according to the YouTube video. He added that the cost is contingent on whether or not the water line has to go under parking lots, and other factors.

Drainage will be layered under the field to avoid a longstanding problem, he said.

The total estimated cost of the project is around $175,000.

Current plans are to use American Rescue Plan funds and the current budget to fund the project.

The board would like to restore the field to what it was a decade ago and have the baseball team to be able to play home games on their field again, Lund said.

The field has also be used as a source of revenue, as other programs and districts utilize it, according to the board. Repairing it will make it more attractive to bringing in more revenue, they said.

The project was approved.

“Our kids need this to happen,” Superintendent Jeffrey Newton said at the meeting. “Our field needs to get fixed.”

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