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Fox Creek adds multipurpose turf field to athletic facilities

New athletic facilities at Fox Creek High School are currently under construction.

A new turf field, lined for football, lacrosse and soccer, as well as a track surrounding the field is in the third phase of athletic additions to the North Augusta charter school. A construction timeline anticipates completion by late August .

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The project, which in total costs $1.8 million dollars, was initially brought before the Fox Creek Board of Directors during a Nov. 2019 meeting. The board unanimously approved using operations funds to kickstart the project. Operations funds as well as a third party collateral group loaned the money and will be paid off over a six-year term.

“We have so many teams playing on that field, and we want to keep the field as safe as possible for kids, but the board was all in for it,” Fox Creek Board of Directors President Greg Hurt said.

Safety for student athletes as well as physical education students at Fox Creek was a priority in creating this new athletic facility.

“It's all about safety because all of the wear and tear on the field with all of these teams practicing on it and playing on it, ruts will get in the field. It's more safety conscious to have a field like this,” Fox Creek athletic director Derrick Quinn said. “It is going to look great, and it is going to improve our facilities.”

The North Augusta charter school is looking forward to hosting more events at the new field, and potentially creating and sustaining community athletics partnerships.

“We have always felt like we are a community school and we try to promote that,” Fox Creek principal Josh Trahan said. “I am excited about the opportunity to potentially partner with the rec department and host some camps on the field.”

“It is good for the overall athletic community,” Quinn added.

Plans to add bleachers, more restrooms and concession facilities are in the future. There is currently no timeline or budget for those additions at this time.

“We are just appreciative that our board would consider a project like this and allow our school to expand one more time,” Trahan said. “We seem to take on a project about every third year. We take on something heavy and we work hard.”

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