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October 17, 2012

Construction pending for Brock athletic facilities

WEATHERFORD —  

In a little more than two months, Brock ISD could have its most recent face-lift.

Brock superintendent Richard Tedder told board members earlier this month that plans had been sent to contractors regarding the construction of a new agriculture building and baseball and softball fields, but that the district had not gotten the plans back as of Tuesday.

“We are expecting plans and drawings back within the next couple of weeks, and we could start to do some dirt work within the next two weeks,” Tedder said.

In May, the public voted for three of four propositions to address the needs of the district.

Proposition 2 included baseball and softball facilities, in the amount of $2,295,000, Proposition 3 dealt with a new agriculture barn for a cost of $150,000 and Proposition 4 addressed buses and technology, as well as improvements to the junior high and elementary for an amount of $530,000.

For the baseball and softball fields, Brock teamed up with Fields, Inc., a sports general contractor out of Georgia, to complete the project.

The construction of the athletic fields will include turf for both stadiums to save on maintenance costs, stadium lighting, bleachers and a covered viewing stand, as well as batting cages and bull pens.

The area set aside for the new facilities is south of the tennis courts, which will allow a pavilion and concession stand to be used for all sporting events.

“One of the main reasons we wanted to improve was the safety factor,” Tedder said. “We have a lot of kids going over from the high school to the junior high for practice every day. We also had issues around the current ballparks with kids and fans having to drive to use the restrooms.”

Additional plans for the facilities include a gated main entrance and welcome sign, and a plaza with walkways leading to the fields and other facilities on campus.

The athletic project is expected to be completed by January.

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