Chad Jonsson, Syracuse Park superintendent and executive director of the Syracuse Park Foundation, provided an update on the Harold Schrock Athletic Complex during the Syracuse Park Foundation’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.
Jonsson told the foundation board the athletic complex will cost between $350,000 and $400,000 when complete. While a majority of the work is done, there are still a number of things to be accomplished this winter. Projects such as installing bathroom fixtures, finishing the concession stand and installing bases are on the list of things to be accomplished.
The complex will still need dug outs and bleachers, but those could wait until funds are available. Board member Mike Buhrt asked how much Jonsson needed moneywise to get things completed. Jonsson said $30,000 to $35,000 but he would like $60,000 to have some cushion.
Several grant applications are currently under review.
There was a question about lights. Jonsson said power wasn’t going to be an issue for lighting fields, but raising the funds to install the lights would take time.
Dr. Tom Edington, board president, asked when the Syracuse Park Board would take over the complex. Jonsson said the park department is already doing a lot of the day to day stuff and the town owns and insures the complex.
Discussion turned to the Syracuse Trails project. Committee chairman Spike Ford reported the north route has been finished although pedestrian crossing signs need to be installed at Warner and Cornelius roads. Work is also being done on Northshore and Eastshore drives.
Ford explained completed sidewalks will run from where Eastshore Drive ends at the golf course back to the start of Northshore Drive. “The county has been really good working with us,” Ford said.
A bigger issue is Ford is stepping down as committee chair. Discussion turned to who will take over and about raising funds. Ford stressed a mailer should be sent out yet this fall as a fund-raising tool. Last year the mailer raised $25,000 for a $10,000 match. This year there will be a $25,000 match.
In the financial report, Donn Baird, treasurer, reported the largest amount of funds spent was on the athletic complex with the biggest withdraws being for fencing and NIPSCO. Baird also noted about $1,200 came in for the trail project.
The next Syracuse Park Foundation meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Syracuse Community Center, 1013 N. Long Drive.