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Sutherlin sports fields receive major upgrade

The new field, to be completed before the new school year begins, will be open for use by all the sports teams from Sutherlin's kindergarten through twelfth grade students. (KPIC photo)

SUTHERLIN, Ore. -- School may be out, but work is just beginning for a summer project at Sutherlin High School.

Workers have made impressive headway just two weeks into Sutherlin's summer project as the old playing surface is being replaced with new turf at the recreational field.

The new field, to be completed before the new school year begins, will be open for use by all the sports teams from Sutherlin's kindergarten through twelfth grade students.

"We just don't have enough usable space for our park and rec program," Sutherlin Athletic Director Josh Grotting tells KPIC News. "Our high school kids, our middle school kids we just have a lot more kids wanting to get involved, and that's been a big push of ours. So finally, this is going to allow pretty much year-round access for everyone in the community."

The nearly $800,000 project is being funded in part by the school's booster club and someone Grotting calls a "very generous member of the community."

It's not just the football field getting a facelift; excess dirt removed from leveling the field will be used to expand Sutherlin's baseball diamond.

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