Athletic upgrades approved

By MELISSA ARNOLD State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Schematic designs for athletic facility upgrades were approved Tuesday night by the Franklin County Board of Education.

Ross-Tarrant Architects Inc. is working on these projects.

Franklin County High School will have six new tennis courts, between the current band practice field and the existing baseball field.

Denise O'Meara, landscape architect for Ross-Tarrant Architects, Inc., said the six tennis courts will be in rows of two.

"We will install new lighting and fencing for the tennis courts," she said. "The lighting will be determined by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association's standards."

She said a plateau will be created for Western Hills High School's tennis courts.

"We will have a line of six tennis courts here, because we have the space to do it," O'Meara said. "There will be a new fence, lighting, a drinking fountain and an asphalt walkway."

The design for a softball press box at Western Hills was approved as well. Frieda Myers, project manager for Ross-Tarrant Architects, Inc., said the pressbox will be two stories with 765 square feet of space.

"Concessions will be on the first floor along with two restrooms," she said. "The second floor will be the press box and storage."

Myers said her firm is hoping to get the press box and the other athletic projects done before spring, so students will be able to use them by the time spring sports begin.

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