CVU turf field looks to raise funds, join at the Old Lantern May 29

An exciting fundraising campaign is underway, which could soon bring two artificial turf fields, seating for up to 1,000 spectators, and field lights to Champlain Valley Union (CVU) High School.   The proposed plan comes after years of poor field conditions have forced many home games and practices to be cancelled or relocated.
Concerns about current field conditions are much more serious than our kids just “getting muddy.”  In 2011 the school engaged Gale Associates, a regional consulting & engineering firm, to perform a study of the entire CVU Athletic Complex.  The report concluded that “the demands on the playing fields currently exceed the level at which it is possible to sustain safe, high quality athletic facilities” and that “the level of use will eventually become unsustainable regardless of the maintenance effort expended.”
Due to the soil conditions and the terraced layout, potential improvement of the existing grass fields is limited. Current repair costs are estimated at $1.5 million while providing only a temporary solution.  Installation of two turf fields, estimated at $2.6 million including the bleachers and lights, will be a one-time expense with minimal future maintenance costs.
Sensitive to the increasing demands on taxpayers and ever tightening budgets, a group of parents, alumni, coaches, and administration are working in conjunction with the school board on a creative fundraising campaign.  Recognizing that turf fields will benefit CVU sports teams as well as various clubs, classes, and groups across the entire community, the fundraising committee is eager to share its plans and has begun a series of informational forums.  The next is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29 at the Old Lantern in Charlotte from 7-9 pm.  Light refreshments will be served. Please come—visit with your neighbors, ask questions, and learn more about this exciting project!  For more information, visit www.cvuhs.org/cvu-turf-project.html.

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