For the past few months, John Stucchi has been watching the bulldozers pushing dirt, machines pumping water, and changes taking place behind his home in Wellington.
“Just seeing major construction going on it was interesting to me,” Stucchi said. “I wasn’t really sure what was going on there since I saw that they took out the tennis courts.”
The first phase of the Wellington High School Sports Complex Project has been completed just in time to kick off the upcoming football season.
Construction crews tackled challenges caused by COVID-19 and were able to finish on time.
“In our minds, it’s a win-win,” said Jim Barnes, Assistant Village Manager.
The Village of Wellington has partnered with the Palm Beach County School District to upgrade the shared-use stadium. The football field has been resurfaced with synthetic turf and the stadium has been renovated.
“Now we’ll have use during the day from the school, the students at the school, as well as in the evenings and weekends from our participants,” Barnes said.
Construction is now underway on Phase Two, which includes building new tennis courts and batting cages, and is expected to be completed by January 2021.
Then, the final phase will include four new multi-purpose fields, a concession stand as well as a kickball and track and field facility.
“Together with that we’re constructing three outdoor basketball courts primarily for our use for practices,” Barnes said.
The $12.2 million project has been funded primarily by the half-cent sales tax approved by voters in 2016.
“I’m really glad that they’re still looking towards the future for the sports,” said Stucchi, who added he can hear the football games from his back porch.
The Village said bus entrance improvements will also be made as well as a new more efficient parent pick up and drop off loop. The goal is to have the entire project completed by the summer of 2021.