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Fayetteville-Manlius turf field, resurfaced track open for use

Community celebration planned for Friday

Members of the F-M Girls Varsity Field Hockey team practice on the district’s new synthetic turf field, the funding for which was donated to the district by the Fayetteville-Manlius Community Sports Facility Association.

Members of the F-M Girls Varsity Field Hockey team practice on the district’s new synthetic turf field, the funding for which was donated to the district by the Fayetteville-Manlius Community Sports Facility Association.

— The new turf field at the Fayetteville-Manlius School District is open for use, and a celebration is planned for Friday, Sept. 16, to mark its completion.

On Aug. 30, members of the girls varsity field hockey team were the first F-M athletes to practice on the new synthetic turf field, which was built with no district dollars. The F-M Board of Education voted Aug. 29 at its regular Board meeting to accept as a gift from the Fayetteville-Manlius Community Sports Facility Association the field and resurfaced track that surrounds it.

The association raised more than $1.4 million, which covered both the cost of construction of the facility as well as the establishment of a $100,000 field replacement fund to be used when the turf needs to be replaced.

“We are so grateful for this gift,” said Superintendent Corliss Kaiser. “Our students and community will benefit from this wonderful project for years to come. I thank you on behalf of the countless individuals who will use this fantastic facility.”

The district and Fayetteville-Manlius Community Sports Facility Association are planning a celebration Friday, Sept. 16, during halftime of the F-M versus Oswego varsity football game. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Admission to the game is $2, with proceeds benefiting the F-M All-Sports Booster Club, which supports the F-M athletic program.

"The FMCSFA is thrilled with the completed facility. Since the end of construction we have watched athletes, students, coaches, and community members use this new turf field and track. There has been near constant action on the field, even with the recent rain,” said Becky Pulver, an FMCSFA board member. “It is with great pride and appreciation of the efforts of all involved that we can now see the benefits of this facility to the school and the F-M community. We look forward to many years of activity on the new turf field and track. This accomplishment was truly a community effort, and we would like to say a huge thank you to all who contributed to this project."

For more info about the project, go to www.fmfield.com.

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