Eagle 2003 project starts to take flight

Two large donations have boosted Eagle 2003, the Hood River Valley High School stadium project.

Hood River Rotary pledged a $5,000 contribution last week, and Hood River Valley Booster Club gave $1,000, bringing the project fund to nearly $9,000, said Fisher, a concrete contractor who has worked during the past two months coordinating the flow of people and funds that will carry out the volunteer-based construction project at Henderson Stadium.

“I feel good so far, but hopefully the people who’ve said they will help will come through,” Fisher said.

The Rotary pledge come from proceeds of the club’s annual rose sale, according to Rotarian Jon Laraway, adding that the donation could grow depending on how the rose sales go.

Fisher said he was encouraged by the Rotary and Booster gifts, along with a variety of smaller donations ranging from $10 to $500.

“If we were to go with the $9,000 now, we could make the courtyard happen,” Fisher said.

The courtyard, with “HRV” stamped into the plaza, will be phase one when work starts, probably in March, Fisher said. Fisher hopes to have the rest of the work flow directly afterward. He said the building, electrical and plumbing permits are nearly complete, “so that when we do have the money those things will go ahead in a timely manner.”

The courtyard, with seating and a barbecue, will be located at the north end of the stadium. Phase two, which would start about the same time, will be construction of a restroom facility a short distance away.

Fisher wants it to be substantially complete before the 2003 HRVHS graduation ceremonies. He and fellow coordinators Brian Hoffman and Bernie Wells hope to dedicate the project at the Relay For Life event in July, in keeping with their vision of the project as a gift from the community to the community.

Fisher gained the school board’s blessing on the project in January and has lined up more than a dozen contractors to do the plumbing, electric work, excavating and other work. High school students will also be involved in some aspects of the project.

More money is needed to give the project impetus, Fisher said. Donations can be sent to Hood River Valley High School, 1220 Indian Creek Rd., Hood River, OR 97031; designate funds to Eagle Project 2003. Anyone with donations, questions or suggestions can call Fisher at 386-6868, Hoffman at 308-0048, or Wells at 386-6097.

Phase one will entail a stamped decorative concrete courtyard, surrounded by a block wall 60 feet long, adorned by a metal arbor and recessed lighting.

The restroom building will be made of “eco blocks,” which are styrofoam with a concrete core, to be covered with high strength stucco. The restrooms will be handicapped equipped, with changing tables on both sides.

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