Alumni from Clinton High School have proposed a better facility for current and future student athletes. They have plans for a 12,000-square-foot multi-sport complex that could be used as a practice facility for several sports and host volleyball matches and wrestling meets.
The facility would include a weight training area, and artificial surface practice field for football, band, cheerleaders, and dance teams. A second story would have office space for coaches and a film room, according to plans posted on the website CSHS Legacy.
WYSH Radio in Clinton reported that the Anderson County Board of Education has given officials at Clinton High School the go-ahead to start exploring the possibility of constructing the new multi-sport facility at no cost to taxpayers.
WYSH said the proposed project would also renovate the existing, but aging, football field house. A second and separate part of the proposed project would also renovate the Don Lockard Gymnasium.
On the website CSHS Legacy, proponents said the new modern sports facility would include universal access for all student athletes, with enough room for multiple teams to practice at the same time. Wrestling and volleyball teams would be hosted in an additional open area. The facility would also include a state-of-the-art sound system and men’s and women’s showers and locker rooms.
When the Board of Education gave its approval to the project, which will be funded entirely by private donations, it also gave approval to CHS to start accepting donations from the public, WYSH said. People can donate to either fund and that money can only be used for the specific project it is donated for. CHS was given permission by the School Board to solicit donations, secure an architect, get bids from contractors, and return to the board to submit a final, formal proposal.
“Our goal is to provide for a safe and modern Sportsplex at Clinton Senior High,” supporters said on the CSHS Legacy website. “The facility will house the weight room for both our high school and middle school. The Sportsplex will provide for the growing need of our football programs.
“The Sportsplex will also provide an important practice space for the girls’ volleyball and cheerleading teams.
“This project will complete a multi-sports facility for generations to come.”
Supporters have set a fundraising goal of $250,000, according to the website.
For more information or to donate to the multi-sport facility, visit www.cshslegacy.com.
Meanwhile, in Oak Ridge, there is a separate effort to revitalize Blankenship Field and Jack Armstrong stadium. Supporters hope to create a world-class gathering place that can accommodate more than 20,000 people in a natural amphitheater for sporting and other events.
The work on the lower parking lot at Blankenship Field is part of that effort.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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