From Notre Dame-West Haven:
The final phase of the campus beautification project “Fields of Dreams” is one step closer to reality with the announcement by Notre Dame of West Haven President Br. James Branigan, C.S.C. that construction on the main practice field will start this June and be completed in time for the start of the 2014-15 school year.
He said, “We have had an outstanding fundraising year on our ‘Fields of Dreams’ Campaign and as a result, I am thrilled to announce that the Board of Directors has decided to move forward with Phase 1 of construction this summer, which includes installing turf on our main practice field on the side of the gym and constructing the new school entrance which will improve traffic flow. These renovations will be completed for the opening of school in late August.”
Notre Dame of West Haven used a pair of major donations and challenges to have a successful year-end financial windfall for its “Fields of Dreams” Campaign that was announced in September of 2013. In total, Notre Dame has raised over $1,250,000 of its $2 million campaign goal. A vast majority of this fundraising came in December of 2013 when $551,000 was raised in a six-week span courtesy of two major donations and challenges.
The “Fields of Dreams” Project calls for installing artificial turf on both of our practice fields, add perimeter lighting, renovate the existing track, add fencing to the school’s property line, and add an attractively landscaped entrance to campus.
“It was Christmas in springtime for those of us involved in Notre Dame athletics,” said Notre Dame Director of Athletics Tom Marcucci ‘66 upon hearing the news. “These artificial turf fields are necessary for us in so many ways. I was beyond thrilled when I heard that we were going to start construction this summer. I thank Br. James, Kathy Wielk, and the Board of Directors for their support of this project and their wise decision to start Phase 1 now. Our football and soccer teams will be excited to come back to practice in August with a brand-new field.”
Once the remaining $750,000 is raised, Phase 2, which includes construction of the front track and field, installation of field lights and perimeter fencing will commence. The plan is for the final phase of construction to take place in either fall 2014 or spring 2015, upon the conclusion of Campaign fundraising.
Notre Dame Vice-President for Advancement Mrs. Kathy Wielk said, “As we head into the final stretch of fund raising for the project, we are confident that our alumni, parents, and friends will bring us to the finish line by contributing generously to the Campaign. Once we complete these outdoor campus improvements, we are proud to say that this school and campus will have been totally transformed, benefitting all aspects of student life—academic, arts, spiritual, and athletic. It’s amazing that we will have invested $12,500,000 in Notre Dame High School over the past six years to enhance our facilities.”
To read more about the project or make a contribution, please visit http://www.notredamehs.com/fieldsofdreams.