Kansas City, Sept. 25, 2017: The Central Academy of Excellence Eagles celebrated their first Homecoming at the new Central Park football facilities on Saturday, Sept. 23.
Central students, staff, parents, alumni and community members enjoyed a Homecoming tailgate, football game versus Southeast High School, Homecoming court crowning and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the school’s new athletic field at the field, which is located on Linwood Boulevard between Cleveland Avenue and Indiana Avenue. The game was also a debut for the new Marching Eagles, under the direction of new band teacher Osmond Fisher.
The gridiron Eagles played well but came up just short in a 24-20 loss to the Knights.
The new field was made possible thanks to a $400,000 investment of Public Improvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) 3rd District funds into the Central Park athletic facilities; KCPS added about $800,000 of its own money into the joint project, which began to take shape in the fall of 2015 after both city and KCPS officials recognized that there was an opportunity to use PIAC funds to improve the park.
More than 300 Central Academy students signed a petition that helped the project earn a recommendation from the 3rd District committee and approval from the City Council. This is one of the largest investments in a single project that has ever been approved by a district-level PIAC in Kansas City, Mo.
Central Academy students use the park athletic facilities thanks to a partnership between KCPS and the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation. The PIAC and KCPS funds were used to install a new track and convert the existing field into a regulation-size football and soccer field with high-quality turf.
Visit the KCPS Flickr site for more photos from the Homecoming game.