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Push on for final phase of Ripon High field work

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POSTED March 15, 2018 1:07 a.m.

The Ripon Community Athletic Foundation is nearing the final phase of renovations at Stouffer Field.
The home-side bleachers and press box project appears on schedule to be completed in April.
The restrooms / ticket booth structure at the entrance of the Ripon High stadium is the last piece of this grass-root efforts by RCAF that started over 10 years ago.
President Stephanie Hobbs describes the current bathrooms as “horrible and ADA inaccessible.”
She added that the stadium does meet the ADA requirements via porta-potties. But that’s a temporary fix.
Plans are in the works.
A request for proposal by Ripon Unified for architectural services is due this week. “(That) means we’ll have an architect soon and the bathroom plans will start to come together,” Hobbs said.
In the meantime, fundraising efforts for the project is underway.
RCAF recently received a $50,000 matching grant.
“The anonymous donor gave us until March 31 to raise as much as we can of that and we already hit 50 percent of that in the first week. This means there’s a good chance that we’ll have $100,000 more this month than we did a couple of week ago,” Hobbs said.
KAT Country Radio is also helping out with this effort.
On Friday, the Modesto station will be broadcasting live from Schemper’s ACE parking lot on Main Street and North Wilma Avenue from 3 to 7 p.m.
“Anyone donating before or during that (broadcast) will have a very good chance of getting their name mentioned on the air,” said Hobbs.
In addition, organizers of Ripon’s Run Race (formerly Rina’s Run) are inviting sponsors of the 5K / quarter Marathon / half Marathon event in May to participate in the match.
By that, 50 percent of the proceeds here will go to the stadium bathroom project.
Those participating can also benefit from the marketing they’ll receive just by sponsoring the race, Hobbs noted.
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