Groundbreaking for Phase II of Red Raider Field of Dreams is April 12

Groundbreaking for Phase II of Red Raider Field of Dreams is April 12

Artist rendering of PCSD baseball/softball complex is provided by Point of Beginning.

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at the future site of the Pulaski Community School District’s baseball/softball complex, east of Saputo Stadium.

The first portion of Phase II includes:
● two baseball fields at PHS
● two softball fields at PHS
● Press box/storage area
● Concession stands/bathrooms

The second portion of Phase II will include:
● three additional tennis courts at PHS
● Additional practice fields
● Upgrades to the PCMS soccer complex

The baseball/softball portion of Phase II is expected to cost $2.3 million with about $1.5 million yet to be raised. The remaining Phase II work will occur after the baseball/softball portion of Phase II is completed.

“The Pulaski Community School District is blessed with the generous support of our community and is
thrilled to be breaking ground on Phase II of the Field of Dreams,” said PCSD superintendent Bec Kurzynske. “With the support of the board of education and district leaders, the steering committee has worked tirelessly to bring these outdoor facility improvements to our school and community, which will benefit countless students in years to come.”

The Field of Dreams project will provide the Pulaski Community and its students with amazing practice and game facilities, said PHS softball head coach Billi Jo Vertz. “The new outdoor facilities will allow all levels of the high school softball program to practice on school grounds. Practicing with each other allows us to build cohesiveness, unity and team concept throughout all grade levels.”

Coaches have sincere gratitude for the planned facilities.

The community has stepped up to develop one of the best facilities in the area, said PHS head baseball coach Dennis Bogacz. “I am excited to lead the baseball program in a new era of sports in the Pulaski Community School District. Our kids, families and coaches are truly blessed to have this opportunity. Thanks to all that worked so hard and contributed to make this dream come true!”

Vertz agreed. “To play on these top-notch facilities will be an honor and an experience. Our softball program is truly grateful to the steering committee, the PCSD staff members who oversee the project and all donor support. Without all those pieces, this project wouldn't have become a reality.”

“We are very excited to break ground on the baseball and softball facilities for Phase II,” said PHS athletic director Janel Batten. “These diamonds will be a great addition to the Pulaski community and will offer our kids a top-notch facility. We are blessed to have the support of donors and community members as we work through the Field of Dreams Project. We continue to look for support as we raise funds to complete Phase II."

The $3.2-million Phase I of the project was completed in September 2016 and was fully paid by pledges and in-kind contributions of materials and labor.

Phase I included:
• Football and soccer field with synthetic surface at PHS
• New track and areas for field events, the band and a community plaza at Saputo Stadium
• A press box, concession stand, restrooms and stadium seating at Saputo Stadium
• Bathrooms added to PCMS soccer stadium

To learn how you can support Phase II of the Red Raider Field of Dreams project, go to
www.redraiderfuture.org.