Fran Rish’s $10M update to begin in new year

Fran Rish Stadium at Richland High School will get a $10 million update beginning in February.

The Richland School District expects the eight-month project to wrap up by September, according to an environmental checklist filed under Washington’s Environmental Protection Act in October.

The voter-approved project includes new artificial turf, track surface, grandstand bleachers for the home side, restrooms, locker rooms and training spaces. Design West Architects and DA Hogan and Associates are the designers. Chervenell Construction is the contractor and manager.

The project is part of a package of capital projects included in a $99 million bond approved by voters in 2017. Nearly 62% of voters approved it.

The bond, which was expected to leverage $43 million in state funds, also paid for new buildings for Tapteal and Badger Mountain elementaries, a new elementary school building in West Richland, renovations to the Richland High School Auditorium, updates to the Hanford High School athletic field, the new Teaching, Learning & Administrative Center in West Richland and creating the Early Learning Center in the former Jefferson Elementary building.

Property owners in the district paid $1.99 per $1,000 of assessed value to support construction bond debt, or about $700 for a home valued at $350,000 for tax purposes.

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