Pulaski breaking ground on sports complex

Four athletic fields planned at PHS

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

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Thursday 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 and two softball fields at Pulaski High School, a press box and storage area, concession stands and bathrooms.

The second portion of Phase II will include three additional tennis courts at PHS, additional practice fields, and upgrades to the Pulaski Community Middle School 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 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,” Bogacz said. “Our kids, families and coaches are truly blessed to have this opportunity.”

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 a 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; and 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.