7-25-14 Football field

Crew members from Ed's Concrete, from Camanche, work on a sidewalk to the new blaechers at the Camanche High School football field.

Samantha Pidde/Clinton Herald
The Clinton Herald

CAMANCHE — Camanche School District administrators expect updates to the high school football facility to be completed next week.

Camanche Superintendent Tom Parker said crews have worked to make sure everything is complete before next week’s Clinton County Relay for Life event. Event participants will be the first to utilize the upgraded football field, featuring four new lights, an electrical control box, bleachers, goal posts and a sidewalk.

“It’s kind of a makeover for the football field,” Parker said. “The school district patrons and taxpayers have provided us with these nice facilities and it’s important to keep them looking nice and functional.”

With help from $150,000 in Clinton County Development Association funds, the school district set out to replace the field’s existing wooden light poles, which have been up since the 1960s. The lights’ cost, which went up within 1 1/2 hours more than a week ago, was $189,000. The project also included a new set of bleachers, at a cost of approximately $45,000.

With the addition of the new bleachers, the district added a sidewalk, utilizing some of the district’s facility funds. Ed’s Concrete, of Camanche, continues to work on installing the sidewalk.

“When we do a project, we want to make sure we’re doing it right,” Parker said.

When Activities Director Todd Borrison saw the planned project, he looked at his own budget to fund the purchase of new goal post, at a cost of $7,000.

“It’s like putting a bow on top of a Christmas present,” Borrison said.

Parker has already received positive comments from the Camanche community and the school district. Borrison is looking forward to the football team’s first home game, which will be against Bellevue on Sept. 5. A presentation will be held before the game, thanking the CCDA for its grant, which Parker said made the project possible.

“I think it should be a very festive evening,” Borrison said.

Samantha Pidde can be contacted at samanthapidde@clintonherald.com.

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