Cazenovia Following almost a year-and-a-half of conceptualizing, planning and fundraising, the group “Light Up Fenner” officially switched on the lights at Field One of the Sean Googin Memorial Sports Complex on June 2.
Four 70-foot light towers have been installed by professional athletic lighting company Musco Lighting and will illuminate future Cazenovia Central School District evening athletic events.
During the June 2 opening ceremony, the lights were turned on for the first time amid inter-squad scrimmages between both the boys and girls varsity and junior varsity lacrosse teams, iPad raffle drawings and “meet-the-neighbors” introductions.
Project coordinator Susan Baldwin expressed gratitude toward all involved and the community for its ongoing support, adding it had been a long, arduous road - but entirely worthwhile, now that the lights are installed.
“I am a coach in the district, [and] when visiting other schools — in particular the Lowville sectional soccer game — I took notice of their facilities, and I wanted Cazenovia to have something for the students,” Baldwin said. “This project had great positive energy that was due, in part, to aligning with Cazenovia Lions Club Foundation Inc. We would like to thank everyone who helped to make this project a success and the Cazenovia Central School District for its willingness to accept this donated gift. This project was only completed because of all the community members who donated time, talent and treasure.”
After first conceiving the idea in November 2010, Baldwin began asking community members and local scholastic athletic supporters if they would be interested in helping to spearhead the initiative.
The group Light Up Fenner was then formed, and a fundraising goal of $125,000 was set, following the CCSD Board of Education’s decision to accept the lighting system as a gift from the group, once procured. The organization fielded a number of comments from apprehensive area residents, and worked closely with the citizens to mitigate concerns.