Fundraising begins for turf field

DALLAS — The drive to raise funds for a turf field at Dallas High School is underway. An official kickoff event will happen during the Sept. 29 home football game, but the project has already raised money toward its goal.

“We have about $193,000 raised in pledged money and in-kind work,” Bill McNutt said. McNutt is working with the Dallas Booster Club to raise funds.

Project organizers hope to raise $850,000 in money and in-kind work by the end of April 2018 to install the turf in time for the 2018-19 school year. The project is focused on installing a turf field, leveling the football field and addressing any drainage issues.

“The project is focused on everything within the track,” McNutt said.

That would include dealing with a drop from the north end of the field to the south end. Engineer Greg Locke said during a school board meeting on June 19 that the south end of the field would be lifted to allow that side to drain by gravity.

Once the field is installed, maintenance would be performed twice a year with a cost of roughly $5,500. The field would have a lifespan of about 10 years before needing to be replaced, McNutt said.

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