The Euclid Board of Education this evening approved a new plan for Memorial Park that both preserves the trees near the C.E. Orr Arena and maximizes the number of recreational assets available to students and other community members. Known as "Plan W," for Win-Win, the approved project includes the following segments (see also, "Exhibit A"):
A new football stadium and field, located directly east of Euclid High School and south of Westport Ave. The field will be synthetic turf and the seating capacity is projected to be approximately 6500.
Conversion of the current Sparky DiBiasio Stadium to a scaled-down facility for middle school football and soccer and all secondary track events. Only the center bleachers will remain as we remove the north and south open stands. The visitors' bleachers on the east end of the field will be significantly reduced as this facility will no longer house varsity events. Both the field and the track will be replaced.
Three softball fields on the schools' section of Memorial Park. Two of these fields will be of sufficient size to host adult softball leagues, while the third field will be more modestly sized, designed for scholastic competition.
A practice football/soccer field, located just south of Stanic Field, north of Westport Ave.
Walking trails adjacent to these fields to ease travel between them.
In considering "Plan W," the Board of Education weighed several factors:
Euclid's City Council rejected the Board's previous formal proposal, known as "Plan A." The alternatives that city council endorsed either reduced the number of recreational assets necessary to maintain programming or were not economically efficient.
The cost of "Plan W" remains within the budget allocated for improvements to recreational facilities within Memorial Park. None of the funding compromises the academic renovations to Euclid High School or construction of the new middle school.
Our administration consulted at length with leaders of the city's recreation department other entities such as Euclid Boys' League and Euclid Youth Soccer Organization. All endorse "Plan W" as a dramatic improvement to current facilities. We will continue to collaborate with these groups to maximize the availability of these facilities for community use.
Planning for all improvements will begin immediately.
The Board of Education further authorized school administrators to continue to work with city leaders to plan walking trails on the city's section of Memorial Park. However, such construction is dependent upon the schools having sufficient funding for this.
Board President, Donna Sudar shared the Board’s enthusiasm for "Plan W," “It has always been our intention to enhance the recreation facilities for the community, this does exactly that without compromising any of the assets our park already offers.”
The Euclid Recreation Department Director, Mac Stephens, expressed, “We support “Plan W” because it re-imagines and re-invests public spaces for school grounds and portions of Memorial Park. It allows residents and students to have safe, clean, and accessible multi-use spaces. The Recreation Department looks forward to continued collaboration with Euclid City Schools.” Other youth sports organizations including EYSO, Euclid Boys League, and Euclid Panther Youth Football voiced their confidence in “Plan W” during the Board of Education meeting.
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