Central Academy to Celebrate New Athletic Field

Homecoming and ribbon-cutting to be held on Saturday, Sept. 23


Kansas City, Sept. 19, 2017:  The Central Academy of Excellence Eagles are ready to make a home in their new eyrie.

Central students, staff, parents, alumni and community members are invited to celebrate a Homecoming football game versus Southeast High School and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the school’s new athletic field on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the field, which is located on Linwood Boulevard between Cleveland Avenue and Indiana Avenue.

At 11:00 a.m., the celebrations start with a pre-game tailgate that will include games, food trucks, face painting and more. Kickoff will be at 1:00 p.m.; the halftime show will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, recognition of the Central Homecoming Court and a special presentation by the Central High School Class of 1992.

Entrance to the game is $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for children ages 6 and younger.

This will be the first Homecoming held at Central in several years. It is 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.