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Stadium on track for spring sports

Rina Run May 11 helps fund more Stouffer Field work

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Stadium on track for spring sports

The D-shape area of Stouffer Field was recently completed in time for the upcoming track and field season. The north end will accommodate the long and triple jumpers while the other outer runway wi...

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POSTED March 15, 2013 12:52 a.m.

Stouffer Field is ready for spring sports.

That’s according to Stephanie Hobbs, president of the Ripon Community Athletic Foundation. On Thursday, she indicated that the D-shape inside the north end of the stadium track – it’s a rubberized all-weather surface – is all but complete.

“We poured concrete today for the baseball bullpen,” she said.

Hobbs ran down a few items that needed to be done in order to compete this initial phase stadium improvements, including replacing the grass area on the practice field on the north end and moving the emergency access gate on the northwest corner.

“The gate (for emergency and maintenance-only vehicles) will be moved about 100 feet over to Maple Street,” she said.

Earlier in the week, Ripon Unified Superintendent Louise Johnson applauded RCAF for a job well done. “They’re working on a few (Americans with Disabilities Act) issues,” she said.

Trustee Ernie Tyhurst, who helps out with the track program, was also pleased with the revamped facilities.

“The (dirt) track was recently dragged and leveled,” he said, adding that the Ripon High Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps used it for an event the previous weekend.

The all-weather track surface is still in the future plans.

Tyhurst, in addition, had high praises for the marked long jump / triple jump and the pole vault runways.

Hobbs, meanwhile, credited fundraisers – included is the sixth annual Rina’s Run scheduled for May 11 (to register, see: www.rcafsite.com) – and Fund 35 money for helping to complete Phase I of the stadium modernization.

Fund 35 was money from which RUSD set up years ago for the receipt and allocation of California State Building Projects under matching funds for school modernization and new construction, or Measure J reimbursements.

Of the $528,000 in Fund 35, the school board approved last January for $250,000 to go towards the Stouffer Field renovation project, including $100,000 to replace the restrooms there.

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