Completion of Athletic Facilities at Yelm Middle School Delayed
From the Nisqually Valley News:
The completion of the Yelm Middle School outdoor athletic facilities has been delayed until mid-November.
Yelm Community Schools Superintendent Brian Wharton said the initial Nov. 1 timeline to complete construction was pushed back because of delays from “getting everything out of the ground and off the site.”
Wharton also said the laying of sod, which will be used for the softball and baseball fields, has been delayed due to weather-related issues. Wharton said springtime is a more appropriate estimate for those fields, as the sod needs to be fully anchored into the ground without rain.
The synthetic turf football fields will be ready for community use and after school sports when it is completed in mid-November.
“We’ve had some issues with the synthetic turf installations as we’re anticipating strong weather,” Wharton said. “But we’ll be OK.”
The current construction is occurring on the south end of the Yelm Middle School campus, where new football, softball and baseball fields are being installed. In addition, there is a full scale track surrounding the football field.
The project is currently in phase two, which is the construction of new baseball and softball fields. Each field has a metal backstop to prevent foul balls from entering oncoming traffic. Each of the fields will feature individual dugouts and bleacher capacity as well.
Wharton said the Yelm Middle School athletic facilities will be available for public reservations.