Park View treading on new turf
The WRCF donated $100,000, the NFL Grassroots Field Grant provided another $100,000 and the Board of Supervisors supplied $800,000 to fund the project.
According to LCPS spokesperson Wayde Byard, the $800,000 from the Board of Supervisors is from a surplus fund.
“Park View was the only school to qualify for the NFL program. Jane Rogers of the Redskins brought it to me and I took it to Ms. [Brenda] Sheridan who deserves a lot of credit here. She took it to Chairman York,” Byard said. “This is not any kind of long term funding obligation. The supervisors decided they would take it. This is not related to the operating budget at all and is a surplus fund which went through the county finance committee first.”
Redskins owner Dan Snyder Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York and Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Edgar Hatrick all spoke at the event, which was emceed by the Voice of the Washington Redskins Larry Michael.
“Of all the high schools in Loudoun County, Park View holds a special place in my heart as all my children graduated from Park View,” York said. “I want to take this opportunity to thank the Washington Redskins and the [WRCF] for coming up with the idea of investing in Park View. This field will be open to the community because we will not have to worry about keeping it closed. It will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the community.”
With the funding partnership, Park View is the first high school on the eastern end of Loudoun County with a synthetic field. The field will improve playing conditions for high school and local youth sports and increase the number of playable days on the field.
Hatrick referred to Park View as the flagship of eastern Loudoun high schools since its inception in 1976.
“It has been the flagship for all of the schools that have followed it in this part of the county. It was the first modern high school in a long history of high schools,” Hatrick said. “It has taken a little longer than we would have liked to get to where we are today, but thanks to the Redskins, the [NFL], Mr. Snyder and the Board of Supervisors this school is going to have the opportunity to have a fine turf field for competition in the future.”
In December, when the partnership was first announced at a Board of Supervisors meeting, Sterling Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio spoke about the impact the new field will have on the community.
"The LLBFL has a thousand boys and their families that use their private field. As many as 2,000 high school students and their families attend the Park View High School football team events and when taking into account the additional students and families from the other eastern Loudoun high schools that do not have artificial turf we are talking about impacting almost a full third of the high school population with this new facility," Delgaudio said.
In his closing remarks, York jokingly challenged Delgaudio to a race once the field is completed to see who is faster.
Field construction is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2015.