Kansas City, July 12, 2018: The Lincoln Tigers are preparing to prowl their new hunting grounds.
A day of celebration began with a groundbreaking ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 12 for the football field improvement project at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, which is located at 2111 Woodland Ave. in Kansas City, Mo. The ceremony was hosted by Principal Kristian Foster and included remarks by Superintendent Mark Bedell.
The $3.5 million dollar track and field project at Lincoln Prep will replace the existing track and field with a new four-lane, 400-meter track and a new artificial turf field for home football games and soccer matches. The renovations will make the track and field compliant for hosting official competition events.
The track and field will be expanded toward 22nd Street to the south, with a sidewalk connection to the crosswalk across 22nd Street to Lincoln Middle School. The field will include field and end zone graphics identifying the Lincoln Tigers.
Track improvements will include triple jump, long jump, high jump and pole vault within the field end zones, with throwing events across the street on the Middle School practice field. The project will include seating for approximately 1,000 spectators, a press box, field lighting, and direct access to parking.
This project marks the latest step in an ongoing investment by KCPS to upgrade athletic facilities and increase opportunities for athletic participation at schools across the system:
- $2 million for a new field and track at Northeast High School
- $4 million for a new athletic complex at East High School
- $1.2 million for a new field and track at Central Academy of Excellence
- The IL complex at Southwest High School
School alumnus and football standout Charles Harris of the Miami Dolphins is donating $100,000 to the KCPS Education Foundation for this project and was recognized at the groundbreaking. An additional $250,000 grant for the work was awarded by the National Football League through the Local Initiative Support Corporation of Greater Kansas City.