Work begins on Marshfield athletic facilities: Borrowing may be needed
By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD – Construction is underway on the Marshfield School District’s new athletic facilities, and Marshfield School Board member Dale Yakaites told the rest of the board of education Sept. 12 that the funds for the project are coming in slowly but surely.
“Our committee has been doing just an outstanding job of raising funds,” he said. “The district also has some – I don’t want to call them matching funds, necessarily – that we will contribute. The plan calls for district and private donations covering approximately $4.2 million in costs for this fiscal year.
“Debt borrowing might be needed to complete the project and that is because of the way the way the funds come in from our donors – most of our donors have pledged a certain amount of money, but in many cases it is over a five-year plan. So, there may be some temporary funds that the district has to come up with until those funds come in and there would be some debt borrowing for that.”
Preliminary work is being done adjacent to Marshfield High School on the new football and track stadium, and Yakaites said the new bus transfer lot is completed, and working well.
Construction will start soon on the new baseball field just west of the high school, and a new softball field on the Madison Elementary campus.
Rettler Corporation, Stevens Point, has designed more than $11 million worth of athletic facility improvements over the next several years.
Among other things, the plan is calling for a new 4,000-seat, multi-use sports complex next to the high school for football, track and field, and soccer. The plan also calls for a soccer and practice football field, and JV baseball field on the vacant lot adjacent to the Tiny Tiger Center, west of the high school. There will also be new track and field facilities added at Marshfield Middle School in future years.