Groundbreaking ceremony held for Farrington High School athletic facility

(Via Hawaii News Now)

The athletic field at Farrington High School is in many ways a reflection of the community. It’s rugged, uneven and weather-beaten, but at the same time, proud.

With the help of a massive renovation project, the field will get a new look, and hopefully the community will get a fresh outlook along with it.

“A lot of our kids and their families, they bleed maroon and white. So for something like this to happen in their time, it’s a big boon for our community” said FHS Principal Al Carganilla.

“The hope that this provides…when they walk around campus and they can feel like they have a home that is presentable, so to speak” added Govs football Head Coach Randall Okimoto.

The field will be resurfaced with synthetic grass. The track, which is currently dirt, will be a six-lane rubberized surface. Locker rooms will be added, in addition to a massive bleacher structure.

The pricetag is $15.1 million. Completion is targeted for March of 2016. In addition to all this, construction will begin on the damaged auditorium next month. Slated completion is also spring of 2016.

“It’s all worth it. You feel for the seniors of this year, but we’ll talk to them about how important this is” said Okimoto.

The Govs football team will be displaced for the 2015 season, but plans are being made for practice times and locations. While the master plan promises to revitalize not only a facility, but community, not EVERYTHING will change.

When asked if he’s going to change his famous ‘three yards and a cloud of dust’ power running attack in favor of a fancier, sleeker look to match the new digs, Okimoto chuckled “no, not really”.

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