District seeks input on community’s priorities for outdoor athletic and activity facilities improvements
Walla Walla Public Schools launched a survey to get public feedback to determine which recommendation, the Comparable Plan or Comprehensive Plan, best meets the community’s priorities for outdoor athletic and activity facilities improvements. The survey link is on the district’s website and remains open until Sept. 15.
Earlier this summer representatives from the 20-member independent Outdoor Athletic and Activity Facilities Committee wrapped up months of research and planning by recommending to the school board two options for addressing the district’s outdoor athletic and activity facilities needs. Both options meet the district’s charge of bringing Walla Walla Public Schools middle and high school outdoor athletic and activity facilities up to comparable league standards. The survey is part of the community engagement phase of the planning which will wrap up in October.
“The committee recommended the district consider placing a capital levy on the February 2024 ballot to complement the district’s replacement “learning levy” that continues to fund programs and educational enhancements not paid for by the state, said Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith. “We look forward to engaging with our entire community about these recommendations and look forward to your input.”
• Construct an adequate multi-purpose facility that complements the current Klicker Track that can accommodate soccer, football, marching band, cheer/dance, lacrosse, PE, youth sports and year-round field utilization
• Consistent with all other schools in the league, install artificial turf playing surfaces to maximize field utilization, participation and post-season play at Wa-Hi
• Replace the failing 60-year-old original tennis courts at Wa-Hi
• Repair the 43-year-old Garrison MS tennis courts (Chubb Courts) and resurface the 20-year-old track
• Install an all-weather track at Pioneer MS for athlete, school and community access
• Consistent with all league schools, install outdoor lighting (low spill/low glare) for early evening play in order to minimize instructional loss and maximize family participation for baseball and softball players
• Provide adequate access to restrooms and locker rooms for high school athletes
• Construct a JROTC “Raider Obstacle Course” for student, first responder and community use
• Ensure facility improvements support hosting of playoff competition and events for regional schools and community organizations for local economic impact and reduced travel
Contact the district office for a guided tour of the facilities being considered for improvement, or if you need additional information about the committee’s recommendations.
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