Oak Park's new stadium groundbreaking coming Friday

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Along with a new football stadium, there will be a secondary two-story entrance at Oak Park High School.

A groundbreaking for a new athletic facility at Oak Park High School will be at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at 825 NE 79th Terrace.

The new facility, according to a release, will enhance the fan experience with permanent bleachers, restrooms, concession stand, locker rooms and new press box. Northmen students and families will be able to watch home games on their own field, according to a district press release.

A partnership with the city of Gladstone will allow the visitors’ restrooms and concession stand to be used during events at the adjacent Oak Grove Park. Lights around the football field and track were installed three years ago, paving the way for this renovation.

Another major construction project at the school is a second entrance on the south side. The two-story addition will house the new command center, ensuring a safe and secure learning environment. Inside Oak Park, several upgrades are also planned to include a new weight room, renovated restrooms and new bleachers in the main gym.

The $12 million project is funded as part of the $155 million dollar bond effort voters overwhelming passed in June. The bond’s purpose is to bring equity among the district’s 30 schools and buildings.

Construction is expected to be complete by fall 2021, in time for the new school year to start hosting home sporting events. Until then, the school continues to use NKC Schools’ District Athletic Center near Staley High School.

Along with Oak Park’s construction projects, the bond will be used to fund a new stadium at Winnetonka, two new elementary schools and various renovations throughout the district.