East Haddam officials break ground on $2.8M high school athletic complex

Wielding golden shovels adorned with shiny blue ribbons, state and local officials on Wednesday broke ground on the $2.8 million track and field athletic complex at Nathan Hale-Ray High School. The price tag for the project will be $2.8 million, officials said. In April, East Haddam was awarded a $1.4 million state grant, with an additional $400,000 in funding from the Purple Fund Educational Endowment to help offset the cost to taxpayers. The construction of a running track will be an important landmark for Nathan Hale-Ray, one of only two high schools in the state without that amenity, officials said. Once built, the complex will also be available for use by the public. In addition to the new sport facilities, the renovation project will also address drainage and irrigation issues that regularly make the soccer field unplayable, including in 2020, when the entire soccer season was wiped out, officials said.


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