Richland schools buys 30 acres for field improvements

The Richland School District recently bought 30 acres for $2 million for improved sports fields at Hanford High School as part of a bond passed by voters in 2017.

The district finalized the land deal with Washington State University for the property west of Hanford High School, near the intersection of George Washington Way and Sprout Road, close to the WSU Tri-Cities campus.

Richland plans to add artificial turf and resurface the track as part of a project that’s expected to cost $6 million. The fields will be used for physical education classes, marching band and athletic practices, and games.

A 2,000-seat grandstand and press box also is planned, as well as a new

 restroom and concession building, plus a redesigned entrance to increase accessibility.

“We are still in the design process for the project and the current timeline has it being completed in 2022,” said Ty Beaver, spokesman for Richland School District.

The $99 million bond approved by voters three years ago includes the replacement of Tapteal and Badger Mountain elementary schools, renovation of Richland High’s auditorium and a new Teaching, Learning & Administrative Center, among other projects.

Currently scheduled work financed by the bond is targeted for completion in 2022.

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