Voters to Weigh $850K in Athletic Field Improvements has partnered with LexisNexis to bring you this content.


Copyright 2018 Bangor Daily News

Bangor Daily News (Maine)


Voters in four towns will decide next month whether to use public money to upgrade Hampden Academy's aging athletic facilities.

District officials in Regional School Unit 22 want voters to approve a $850,000 bond to replace the 14-year-old artificial turf on its athletic field and upgrade the stadium lighting. The vote will take place on Feb. 6.

The lifespan of a turf field like the one used by soccer, field hockey, softball and football teams at Hampden Academy is eight to 10 years before it starts to visibly break down, RSU 22 Superintendent of Schools Richard Lyons said. Installing a new field will not only be safer for athletes, it will allow the district to host more games, bringing in more revenue, he said.

"We're starting to see wear and degradation," Assistant Superintendent Regan Nickels added.

RSU 22, which includes the towns of Hampden, Winterport, Newburgh and Frankfort, is one of the only school districts in central Maine with a turf athletic field, Lyons said. The field is used for up to 90 athletic events from April to November, and the district regularly hosts state and regional events on the field.

Nickels said the bonded $850,000, plus an additional $110,000 in district reserve funds would be more than enough to complete both upgrades, though an exact project cost has not yet been determined.

A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, in the Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center.

If voters approve the financing, the project will likely be finished in August.

Polls will be open at the Hampden Municipal Building, at 106 Western Ave., on voting day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Follow the Bangor Daily News on Facebook for the latest Maine news.

Read More of Today's AB Headlines

Subscribe to Our Daily E-Newsletter

January 10, 2018


Copyright © 2018 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy
Buyer's Guide
Information on more than 3,000 companies, sorted by category. Listings are updated daily.
Learn More
Buyer's Guide
AB Show 2023 in Baltimore
AB Show is a solution-focused event for athletics, fitness, recreation and military professionals.
Nov 1-4, 2023
Learn More
AB Show 2023