(Atlantic) Atlantic Activities Director Josh Rasmussen appeared in front of the Atlantic School Board Monday night to discuss the list of improvements he feels is needed to upgrade the athletic facilities. Rasmussen addressed the football field first noting the cost of maintaining two facilities.
“With two athletic fields, obviously there are costs that go along with that,” noted Rasmussen. “We talked about the football team and the band; we have to bus them to the other field for every game and event down there. Liabilities with injuries, there isn’t enough space to put in regulation lines.”
He said there are liability issues from injuries and mentioned that the Trojan Bowl should be filled or widened. He also mentioned lack of restrooms for the visiting fans, fencing around the track is needed to keep people off of the field, there are space issues, a need for a bigger concession stand and a way from the entrance and exit. Rasmussen says a ticket booth is needed, there is not enough room in the stands for the band, a new scoreboard is needed, there is no handicapped accessibility to the bleachers, and the need for additional storage space.
Atlantis School Board President Kristy Pellett says the first thing is to find out what is needed and get a cost estimate. School Board member Phil Hascall is skeptical because of the cost of the project.
“This isn’t a $250,000 project, the Trojan bowl, whether it’s there (the Middle School) or coming up here (the High School) and neither is the baseball field,” said Hascall. “So, I guess my question is, where do you think we’re going to get the money?”
Rasmussen also reported on numerous problems with the baseball and softball fields as well as the middle school gym, Atlantic Middle School practice field, Schuler gym, and the wrestling room.
December 11, 2012