Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Reconstruction of Former Pirate Stadium on Pine Tree Road Begins

Safety fencing was installed yesterday and demolition began today, Wednesday, March 19th on a portion of the former Pirate Stadium on Pine Tree Road. KK Mobbs Construction has the contract to demolish the existing bleachers and press box, and has agreed to complete the project in 30 days from the start.

Tony Hollins, Director of Facility Services, met with KK Mobbs Construction personnel on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, to discuss the demolition.

"We talked about whether or not we would need to limit access to our students as well as the public during demolition," said Hollins.

"They stated that at this time they saw no need to limit access to the field or the track, but they did ask that we inform our students and staff, as well as the public, should not go beyond the safety fence and must be cognizant of the safety signs posted around the demolition area," he said.

At a recent meeting, the PTISD Board of Trustees approved a plan to install new bleachers that will be accommodating for ADA compliant access and seating.

"We are hoping to have the demolition of the existing bleachers and press box and the installation of the new bleachers completed by the end of May, 2014," said Hollins.

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Article by Reese Gordon rgordon@news-journal.com
View Article - LNJ website

Pine Tree ISD on Wednesday began a process of making improvements to its old football stadium — a promise made to voters who approved a bond in 2011 to build a new athletic complex.

K-K Mobbs Construction Inc., a Longview company, began dismantling the bleachers at the old football stadium, located on Pine Tree Road near the district’s administration building.

Superintendent T.J. Farler said the school board has discussed the future of the old stadium for the last four months, and recently approved removing the bleachers and press box.

“This is a way to improve the facility,” Farler said. “We are refreshing and improving the visual aspects of the facility. There was a clear message from our community prior to the bond that we should really take care of the facilities, new or old.”

Voters in 2011 approved a $29.9 million bond election that paid to build a new Pirate Stadium on Loop 281 near the district’s intermediate and middle schools.The bond also included money to improve the old stadium so it could continue to be used by the district.

The new press box, Farler said, will be “smaller and not as high up.”The old stadium will still be used by Pine Tree ISD’s soccer and track teams, and will provide all school athletic clubs with a place to train for their sports, Farler said.

“We still plan to have a lot of events there,” Farler said. “Little league football plays there in the fall and it’s a walking track for the community year round. There is a lot of community use as well as partnerships at the stadium.”

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