EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Multi-million dollar project to renovate and add athletic fields at Unionville High School and Patton Middle School, add more parking and improve traffic flow, is part of a 10-year facilities master plan considered by Unionville school principals.
“I love the vision,” said Jeff Hellrung, principal of the school. “This puts our property to the fullest and best for our children and our educational program. I love the plan. It’s a great concept for our grounds.
The district hired K&W engineers and consultants to review its facilities at Unionville High School, College and Elementary School. The cabinet will finalize its report and issue recommendations in August.
The preliminary report shows the installation of a main access road that will pass between middle school and high school and help avoid dangerous situations where motorists have to cross secondary land to exit campus. And at Unionville Elementary, the front parking lot would be reconfigured to include hiking and biking trails to the left and behind the school. The trails would not be accessible to the public during school hours, said John Sanville, principal of schools.
The plan calls for the installation of a new 147-unit parking lot next to East Doe Run Road. The tennis courts would be demolished and eight new state-of-the-art tennis courts would be built near where the roundabout is, at East Doe Run Road and at Route 82. Nearby the tennis courts will be new ones. natural grass sports fields, ideal for hockey. The plan calls for the construction of a new sports complex with a stadium, outdoor pavilion, restrooms, concession stand, team rooms, storage, and will serve as a base at the north end of the campus. The sports complex is said to be used by many sports teams, including baseball and softball.
The plans also call for three artificial turf fields that could be used for lacrosse, soccer and other sports. However, synthetic turf pitches cost two to three times as much as natural turf and must be replaced every eight to 12 years at a cost of $ 300,000 to $ 400,000 per court.
Marc Singley, a representative for K&W Engineers, said the synthetic turf pitch will allow more programs to train and play at the same time. This will allow students, coaches and coaches to come home earlier, he said. Additionally, fields are ideal in the spring as wet weather conditions will not discourage use. Often, baseball and softball teams cancel practices and games due to muddy conditions.
Although an estimate of $ 10 million for the project was mentioned by John Murphy, principal of the school, no firm cost has been established. The next step is to get feedback on the plan from the administration and the community. Community members can submit their ideas to Rick Hostetetler, Building and Grounds Supervisor, at 610-347-0970 (fax: 610-347-0976) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.