Monday, May 5, 2003
Eagle Project 2003 will be finished by June 6 graduation, contractor Gary Fisher said Thursday, standing in the nearly-completed courtyard at the north end of the Hood River Valley High School stadium.
Contractors have donated their labor to the project, which includes a plaza and restrooms next to the stadium, and a brick pathway leading from the field’s east entrance to the flagpole on the north end of the complex. Fundraising continues toward the $40,000 goal to offset material costs.
“We’re definitely seeing our vision come together,” Fisher said. “The way people are working on is really awesome.” He said help has come from many directions, but coordinating the project has been a case of contractors Bernie Wells, Brian Hoffman and Fisher “taking the pressure off each other” in raising funds, organizing contractors, and doing the work itself.
“We’ve been out here every night for the past two weeks,” Fisher said.
In January, Fisher brought the plan to the Hood River County School Board, after having conferred with HRVHS administrators, and the district gave Fisher full endorsement to make the improvements. Fisher said at the time it would be ready for graduation.
Over the past three weeks, Fisher created the plaza with the initials “HRV” stamped in raised cobble-stone style concrete, and contractor Dave Level built a wall and metal lighting arbor around the perimeter. Level and Fisher added a barbecue pit and a planting area.
Wells directed construction of the restroom building foundation and walls in the past week; the roof will go up this weekend.
Hoffman and the Booster Club are heading up the brick pathway project. Supporters can order personalized bricks, at $50 each with three lines of printing. Order care of HRV Booster Club, P.O. Box 66, or call Hoffman at 308-0048.
Fisher said a work party is scheduled today at 8 a.m., and anyone interested in lending a hand is welcome to come out.
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