The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District broke ground on Phase II of the Capitol Project at Adams Field in a special ceremony on Tuesday on morning. The Project includes major upgrades to Adams and Crosby Fields, as well as an additional gymnasium at Kenmore East, major face lifts to the middle and high school auditoriums and various building upgrades around the district. The ceremony took place 18 months after voters in Ken-Ton approved the project.
Campus Construction Management Group, who was chosen to do the various construction projects around the district, will begin work at Adams Field heavily upgrading the facility on Parker Blvd. that opened in the late 1960’s.
The District will install a multi-sport, synthetic turf, making the facility usable for various fall and spring school sports. A new scoreboard will be on the east side on the field, and all of the bleachers will be moved to the west side of the field. Lights will be installed, allowing Kenmore East to host night contests. Two additional lanes will be added to the track, going from 6 to 8 and a steeplechase will be installed. A new storage building will be built and existing structures will be upgraded in order to be ADA accessible. Kenmore East High School will also have the addition of a second gym and new state of the art fitness center.
After the work at Adams Field is finished, crews will be heading to Crosby Field. A multi-sport, synthetic turf, will be installed there as well. The work at Crosby Field will also include new bleachers and press box and existing structures will be upgraded in order to be ADA accessible. The baseball, softball and soccer fields at the Kenmore West High School campus on Delaware Road, will be upgraded to synthetic turf.
Ken-Ton superintendent of schools Dawn Mirand said “This is a very important day for Ken-Ton Schools”.
Athletic Director Brett Banker said at the ceremony that, “It is difficult to describe how elated we are to be entering this next phase”.
Legendary Head Football coach of the Kenmore East Bulldogs and the name sake of the field, Dick “Sparky” Adams was also in attendance and spoke. He played a major role in the creation and original design of the facility, due to the poor condition of the fields on the Kenmore East High School campus and the fact the Varsity football team had to play games at Crosby Field. “Fortunately this (Parker) field came about…we had a lot of glory on this field. Now the years went on, the grass started to come out, the weeds started to come in…and we really needed something new, and here we are now today, opening up a new phase for Kenmore East athletics and the township of Tonawanda.” said Adams.
There is no official timetable for the completion of the construction of the fields but the district hopes the project can be completed in 2-3 years. As of right now, the Kenmore East football team plans to be playing it’s home games on Saturday afternoons at Adams Field for the 2016 season.