BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- Leaders of community lacrosse booster organizations are clarifying that fund raising to build a lacrosse practice wall for Ridge High School will begin once final details are defined and a contractor has been selected.
The project has been estimated to cost perhaps $75,000 to design, excavate and construct, but the money hasn’t yet been given to the Bernards Township Board of Education.
Amy Melick, president of Ridge Lacrosse Inc. (the high school program), and Jen Aaron, president of Ridge Girls Lacrosse, said in a printed statement, “Now that the site has been approved, we are able to continue the process of soliciting bids for the project in hopes to find one within our budget.”
Money hasn’t been handed over yet, they said. “Neither program has the funds to make such a donation,” their statement reads.
A revised location for the practice wall was approved at the Jan. 27 Board of Education meeting. The wall is now planned for a location behind the Cedar Hill School baseball diamond backstop.
The board first accepted the concept of the donation in July. It had been on hold after estimates to build at an initial proposed location near Lee Field came in well over budget, according to a board member at the Oct. 28 meeting.
Superintendent Nick Markarian has said the wall is proposed to be 30 feet long by 12 feet high and meant for practice on both sides. Engineering costs would be covered by the donation.
The lacrosse boosters must still submit final plans for the wall and its installation for board approval before construction can begin.
“The lacrosse wall project is being spearheaded by parent volunteers,” reads the statement by Aaron and Melick. “With athletes of all ages poised to reap the benefits of a practice wall, the Ridge Lacrosse Booster Clubs are eager to meet the growing needs of our community youth and teens.”
The campaign will be a joint effort by Ridge Lacrosse Inc. (the high school boys program), Ridge Girls Lacrosse (the high school girls program) and RYSI Lacrosse (the boys and girls youth lacrosse programs), the statement said.
They said questions about the project can be directed by email to email@example.com.