McNary High School will be installing a new artificial turf field this summer.
The turf will replace the existing grass field, which means McKay High School will be the only high school in the Salem-Keizer School District with a natural field.
In the two months since Keizertimes last talked with organizers, the project has continued apace. Here are some of the most important questions we asked with updates including the latest information.
What exactly is this project?
About 80,000 square feet of dirt and grass will be removed from the existing Flesher Field at McNary. It will be replaced with FieldTurf, an artificial surface.
How much will it cost?
About $1 million.
Who is paying for it?
The cost of the field will be covered by financial contributions and in-kind donations in approximately a 50/50 split. No Salem-Keizer School District funds are being used.
How will the turf field improve options at the school?
Due to the up-keep involved in natural fields, Flesher Field can currently only be used about 160 times per year. The turf field will be able to withstand 10 times that usage each year over the next 10 years.
Who will benefit?
Both students and the community will benefit from the installation. More sporting activities, including McNary’s soccer and lacrosse teams will be able to host games on the field. The McNary marching band will be able to practice there, and additional physical education classes will be permitted to use it. Community events, like Relay for Life, could also schedule time to use the field provided it does not conflict with school events.
When will work begin?
The project will break ground June 1 and existing dirt and grass will be removed during the next couple of weeks. After that, the groundwork will be laid for the new turf, meaning rock, concrete and drainage piping.
What happens next?
The actual turf will be installed beginning in July.
When will it be used for the first time?
Organizers are hoping to have the field ready for McNary’s annual Blue Day celebration, the third Saturday in August.
How has fundraising been done?
Merchandise sales, auction proceeds, and a variety of other fundraisers have contributed to financial needs. Advertising spaces on the field are being sold.
Who has purchased advertising?
While no names have been released, organizers have a local health care business, tire business, local real estate and local financial representative lined up for the home side of the field. No alcohol, tobacco or weapon-related advertising will be permitted.
How much has been raised so far?
About $375,000 in cash. In-kind donations of rock, fuel, and trucking are still needed. All other in-kind needs are locked in.
How can someone contribute to project?
For financial contributions, visit www.gofundme.com/MCNARYTURF2015, or contact Ted Anagnos at [email protected]
In-turf advertising is still available on the visitors side of the field. There are five spaces left and the cost is $15,000. Logo spots will remain on the field for the next 10 years.
Who do I talk with about in-kind donations?
Where can I get more information?