AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – The Town of Agawam broke ground Thursday on a new state-of-the-art sports facility at the high school.
The new facility will include a new track, turf football field, new bleachers, locker rooms and tennis court, among other things.
However, this project also comes with a big price tag of nearly $8 million. A little more than a million dollars of this project will be paid for by the Community Preservation Act, the rest will be bonded and added to the town’s taxes.
“It will cost each taxpayer about $540 (total spread out over 10 years) for a $7.9 million project, and it’s a small price to pay for something that is needed and wanted. This is something our community can use all day, people can walk on the track, they can exercise,” Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen said.
For the first time in years, the school’s track team will be able to host a home track meet, and for the first time in the school’s history, girls varsity sports will have a varsity locker room.
“One of the first and foremost reasons is the equality thing. With the girls not having a varsity locker room, where the boys do. So that was first and foremost, that that was only fair to do that for a variety of reasons, not just because it’s the law- it’s the right thing to do,” Agawam Superintendent Bill Sapelli said.
The track will be named after retired athletic director Louis Conte, who has been pushing for this project for years. The track and field is set to open just in time for football season at the start of the 2016 /2017 school year.