Alder’s synthetic turf project nears fundraising goal

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(Posted Feb. 18, 2019)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The goal line is in site for the Jonathan Alder field turf project.

District residents Joel Maynard and Rayce Robinson initiated fundraising a little over two years ago to replace the grass on the high school’s primary athletic field with synthetic turf. At the Feb. 11 school board meeting, they announced they had surpassed the $510,000 mark.

Their goal is to raise $550,000 by April 1 so that a contract can be signed with a turf company, allowing the installation to start late this spring and finish up prior to the start of next school year.

“It certainly hasn’t been the easiest thing on the planet,” Robinson said of the task of fundraising, but added that partnership with the Jonathan Alder Athletic Boosters and the school board’s public endorsement of the project has been tremendously helpful.

In the last two months alone, the committee has raised more than $240,000. One donor, whose name will be released at a later date, pledged $150,000. Several have donated at the $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 levels. The district’s Music Boosters recently donated $6,000. The overall fundraising total also includes in-kind donations. All funding for the project is coming from private donations. No taxpayer or school district money is involved.

Maynard and Robinson said the new turf will benefit the school several ways. Being synthetic, it will hold up to more use than its natural counterpart, they said. That means the field won’t be restricted to use only during football, lacrosse, and boys’ and girls’ soccer games and marching band performances. Those groups and others in the district will be able to use it for practices and scrimmages, too. Fewer games and events will be cancelled due to weather, Maynard added, and the district should save money because the field will require less maintenance.

Maynard and Robinson also said the newly resurfaced field likely will generate revenue for the district in the form of usage fees for playoff games, marching band contests, and other special events coordinated by outside organizations. They see it serving as an asset to the community, as well, providing a playing field for area youth athletic leagues and the like.

“It’s definitely a game changer,” Maynard said.

Donations to the project can be made online at www.alderfieldturf.com or by check to the Jonathan Alder Athletic Boosters, P.O. Box 212, Plain City, OH 43064. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, see the website, look for “Alder Field Turf” on Facebook, send email to alderfieldturf@gmail.com or call (614) 504-3245.

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