Responding to community demand and a 2010 athletic audit, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has made improvements to athletic fields a priority so that students can enjoy the use of modern, state-of-the-art facilities when they participate in physical education and sports at school.
These improvements were included in the project list for SPLOST IV and are coming soon. The upgrade projects will cost about $7 million.
The projects include:
- Resurfacing the field at Lakewood Stadium, an APS-wide athletic performance site that serves 11 high schools and 12 middle schools for football, lacrosse and soccer games.
- Replacing the Lakewood Stadium track
- Installation of synthetic turf athletic fields at Carver, Douglass, South Atlanta, and Washington High schools, B.E.S.T. Academy, and Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Academy.
These athletic upgrades are part of a response to a 2010 audit that examined APS needs in athletics. That audit contained 69 recommendations, one of which was for the district to maintain a multipurpose game field like the one at Lakewood for football, lacrosse and soccer for athletes. With the completion of the synthetic turf installation projects, every APS high school athletic field will have synthetic turf.
SPLOST is a financing method for funding capital outlay projects in Georgia. Specifically, it is an optional, voter-approved 1 percent sales tax levied by counties to fund the construction of parks, schools, roads and other public facilities.
For a complete list of SPLOST projects, please visit the APS Facilities page.