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Paying for upgrades one brick at a time
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RIPON – The Ripon Unified school board paved the way last Monday for a brick fundraiser at Stouffer Field.

According to Stephanie Hobbs, who is the president of the Ripon Community Athletic Foundation, the plan would call for the purchaser of the brick to receive recognition along the 10-foot wide sidewalk once most of the Ripon High stadium is revitalized.

Cost for a family to purchase an engraved brick would be about $100. A business might pay about $150 and perhaps more pending placement of a logo.

“We talked with Larry Bell (of Timothy Huff Architect) and he did not see a problem with flanking the sidewalk with bricks that would start at the ticket booth and reach the home bleachers on the other side,” said Hobbs.

She indicated that this process would be ongoing and could possibly help in supporting future phases of the Stouffer Field revitalization project.

Phase I of the RCAF plan did receive board approval, with the work consisting of site preparation – namely, underground drainage, electrical, water and irrigation – and relocating track and field’s long jump, triple jump and pole vault pits.

The most noticeable work here would be the natural grass sports blend turf.

Phase I is pending approval by the Division of State Architects in Sacramento.

“We have a hard deadline to start after the Ripon High graduation (on the first week of June),” said Vince Hobbs of the RCAF committee. “If not approved by DSA, we might have to wait until next year.”

He mentioned that the project has been broken down in six phases:

• Phase II (synthetic track) – The work would also include an asphalt subsurface (road base might be required), and sidewalk along with partial fencing around the track.

• Phase III (new bleachers) – The new home and guest bleachers would have ADA-compliant access.

• Phase IV (new restrooms) – The facility would be located at the entrance with construction also consisting of the aforementioned brick fundraisers’ donor recognition area and walkway.

• Phase V (new snack bar) – Plans call for the current track shed to be converted into a snack bar. The current snack bar would be redesigned into training / coach’s room. A family restroom could also be built on to the snack bar.

• Phase VI (finishing touches) – The work such as fencing, new flag pole, discus ring, shot put ring, landscaping, refurbishing the existing ticket booths, and the gate and ticket booth on Maple Avenue could be accomplished as individual items.

“We could begin construction (on each phase) once the donations become available,” Vince Hobbs said.

The RCAF efforts began four years ago but recently regained momentum thanks to the generosity of the community.

Information and updates on the project is available by calling 209-599-6861 or by logging on to