AUDIO: Event Drums Up Support for Clark Field

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Nov 11, 2013 at 8:23 pm

ST. CLOUD (KNSI) - St. Cloud Tech High School's storied Clark Field is in need of a facelift before it can be used for sports again, and a large group of enthusiastic community members and alums are working to make it happen.

A kickoff for community support was held on Monday night at DB Searles in downtown St. Cloud, and it was the first time the designs, put togther pro-bono by local firm Miller Architects, were shown in a public setting.

The roughly $3.2 million renovation plan, which includes new or rebuilt bleachers, artificial turf, updated locker rooms, concession areas and restrooms, has been envisioned as a public-private project. Half of the money is expected to come from School District 742, with the remainder funded through community/alumni giving and grants.

Current president of the Tech High School alumni association and 1976 Tech alum Jim Dahl introduced the design and fundraising plans. He says the goal is to preserve the intimate atmosphere of the field, built with WPA money in 1942.

Dahl says a small number of schools in Minnesota, including Hastings and Anoka, have renovated their historically significant fields, and they're modeling the process after them.

If all goes as planned, the group hopes to have a rebuilt Clark Field ready for play by 2015.


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