By Kate Tobiasson, Contributing Writer
Westborough – Although it isn’t completely finished, the new athletic complex at Westborough High School is already having an impact on the community. Years in the making, this extensive project has revolutionized the athletic fields at the high school, and has brought energy and enthusiasm to the athletic program.
The strategic plan for the new complex was first submitted to the School Committee in 2015, and came to fruition through community forum, The Rangers on Track Committee, and town meetings. A budget of $3.5 million was approved by the town in October 2017, and the Rangers on Track group helped to bridge gaps in remaining funding needed to complete the project through fundraising. Construction began in May 2018, and is nearly completed.
Westborough Athletic Director Johanna DiCarlo explained, “We’ve been talking about upgrading the fields for the last five years…I’ve been so fortunate. Since I walked through the doors 12 years ago, I felt supported by the town, the superintendent and the school committee. It is remarkable the way that Westborough is able to help our department meet our needs.”
Additional renovations included renovating the lower stadium, new bleachers, track and artificial turf, a main entrance, and lights for night games.
“The kids feel that the town is invested in them; it generates excitement,” noted DiCarlo. “Our students are proud of their school and their facilities. It was strategically planned, and it is great to see the community come together to celebrate it.”
When thinking about the project, DiCarlo was quick to turn the attention from the laborious process of development back to what matters most: the kids.
“I want the town to know how grateful we are for the support. The Garden Club did beautiful planting, people stepped up at town meeting, and donors stepped up during the fundraising process. People have come through with time, support and money,” she said. “We’re about 95-percent done with this project, and we’re so grateful for all of the contributions that people have given us.”