Cordova Middle School’s new “field of dreams” — a combination baseball, football and soccer field — is progressing on schedule and should be completed before football season starts on Oct. 4, according to Interim County Manager Bryan Land.
“They’ve got them a great facility here to play on and something they should be proud of for years to come,” Land said.
The new fields are part of the school’s county-funded transition from a school for special-needs students, known as the Cordova School, into a middle school open to students of all ability levels. The transition to a middle school requires regulation sports complexes.
Construction began on July 31, turning what was an overgrown soccer field with no discernible beginning or end into an urban oasis adaptable for three sports. The new field is made up of sod in the area of play which will blend into a rim of natural grass on the edge. The new goalposts have two base poles where the soccer net can be attached. The scoreboard is adaptable for all three sports as well.
Additionally, the school’s maintenance staff will put up a temporary fence in the outfield for baseball and softball games. Four sets of bleachers have been set aside for seating, but there are more coming, Land said.
“It was a soccer field but it just had wild, naturally growing grass — didn’t have the sod, didn’t have the irrigation, didn’t have the goalposts,” Land said. “So we came in and we trimmed all the trees around the edges and installed the fence all the way around.
“It’s coming together, I’m thrilled with it so far.”
All that’s left to get the field ready for game day is build the fences for the dugouts along the third and first base lines.
The Richmond County Board of Education voted in favor of the change in February, sending the Cordova School students to neighborhood schools.
At the time of the vote, Cordova was one of only four schools in the state set aside solely for special-needs students.
At the Richmond County Board of Commissioners meeting on Sept. 5, Land praised the cooperation between the county commissioners and the school board.
“The transition over there has been unbelievable,” Land said at the time. “It speaks volumes to the cooperation that we’ve got with the school system. We pieced this deal together essentially in less than 60 days and had the ball rolling.”
Reach Gavin Stone at 910-817-2674.
The combination football, baseball and soccer field for Cordova Middle School will be ready to go for game day.