Increased fundraising results through the first three weeks of February has reduced the funding gap to less than $100,000 for the Fayetteville-Manlius Community Sports Facility Association in its efforts to provide the Fayetteville-Manlius school district with the gift of a new all-weather turf field and track improvements at the F-M High School.
"We continue to receive new gifts every day from donors in our community and from F-M alumni across the country," said committee representative Rebecca Pulver. "Some of these gifts have been for thousands of dollars, while other gifts have been in much smaller denominations, but all of it helpful and very much appreciated."
"The F-M community has stepped up impressively over the last few weeks," said FMCSFA member Kevin Hanlon. "With a final fundraising push, we think we can take this project over the top in very short order," said Hanlon.
The volunteer group of 25 local F-M residents has also signed a "letter of intent" with local contractor Davis Wallbridge, Inc. of East Syracuse as general contractor for the project, scheduled to begin by the middle of May once State Education Department approval is received.
"Davis Wallbridge is a well-respected and very knowledgeable local company that will work hand-in-hand with the Association and the school district to ensure a top-notch finished product", said Scott Hughes of HMH Site and Sport Design, the landscape architect for the project. "We have every confidence this project will proceed on time and on budget through their leadership."
Additionally, as part of its bid package, Davis Wallbridge offered a value engineering option that will allow for a complete reconstruction of the running track surface at no additional cost. This more extensive track reconstruction element was not originally incorporated into the project, yet was met with enthusiasm by the association as well as the F-M School District.