McKinley has a beautiful new football field to practice and scrimmage on. There is also a brand-new rubberized track that will host important track and field meets.
But there is no stadium seating and no stadium lights — and thus no home football games.
Help may be on the way. According to Lindsay Chambers, a spokesperson for the Department of Education, there is funding for improvements but the money has not been allocated yet.
The DOE is in the process of requesting for the allocation of design-only funds for stadium seating, stadium lighting and other improvements, and an environmental impact study for that proposed work is expected to follow.
In May 2011, according to Chambers, an initial environmental impact assessment found that there would be no significant impact for the first phase that limited bleachers to approximately 2,500 seats and excluded stadium lighting.
“Because of this language, another EA must be prepared to plan for and show that additional seating and lighting will not significantly impact the neighborhood,” Chambers said. “If the project is able to move forward, funds … will be requested and will allow the school to pursue additional seating and stadium lights. If approval cannot be obtained, the project may move forward with other stadium improvements, such as replacement athletic and PE locker rooms and replacement bleachers.”