File photo by Ben Mitchell
Spring sports will not be affected by the upcoming Henderson Stadium project until May 7, the official start date of the project. Track and field and lacrosse will be able to practice and compete at home up until May 7 when the regular season for the spring sports season ends. After that date teams will have to accommodate for the project and plan accordingly to how to go about the rest of the season if they’re in post-season play. Softball has already had some renovations done to its area at Westside Elementary as the program now has an indoor hitting facility, lockers, and bathrooms at the fields.
As of Tuesday, February 27, 2018
At the start of this school year, there was some concern about the upcoming spring sports season, regarding practices and home games for multiple spring sports at Hood River Valley High School as outdoor facilities are renovated.
The project’s main priority is to reconstruct the track and main field at Henderson Stadium.
When everything was still at the beginning of the long process, there was some speculation that the 2018 spring sports season would be affected by the project.
The Henderson Stadium project will not break ground until May 7, which means it will not affect any of the regular season for spring sports at the high school.
But state qualifiers for track and lacrosse will be affected.
“Track will have state qualifiers that will need practice space, but we will adjust and figure that out at that time,” said HRVHS Athletics Director Tom Ames. “Lacrosse teams practice at Westside and can potentially play games there as well if need be. Coaches are aware of the situation and have contingency plans in the works for the post-season.”
Also connected to the bigger picture of this project are the changes going on at the Westside Elementary softball fields for the high school softball team.
Over the past few months, the area around the softball fields at Westside has been under construction, but the fields have been completely unaffected by the changes in the area and “as a matter of fact, they (softball teams) now have an indoor hitting facility, lockers, and bathrooms there,” said Ames.
With the renovations to multiple facilities already taking place, there are many other items that are not prioritized, but have been addressed and could be brought to the Henderson Stadium project: new ticket booths at the front gate and a quality entrance; a track storage building that opens onto the track at the finish line, with a timing and camera booth on the second level; room for hurdles, mats, starting blocks, rakes, tools and other miscellaneous items; new hurdles with carts; carts for jump pads; an upgraded storage for football at the practice field; covers for the track to protect it from benches, shoes and walk overs; a new concession stand off the northwest corner of the track that includes space for boosters and a potential cover for barbeque and FFA area; lighting along the Science Building path and along North path inside the facility; a modern lighting system on the existing poles; upgraded scoreboard and controllers; and renovations to visitor grandstands and restrooms, a small storage building on the south end of the home baseball dugout and a walkway around back of bleachers and stairs with rails up to bleacher pad at the baseball field.
However, the only thing set in stone is the May 7 start date for the Henderson Stadium project, and everything else is just an idea.