• PHS breaks ground on $2.5 million athletic fields
    Student athletes, coaches and administrators from Phoenix High School join Plaquemines School Board members, central office staff, parish government officials and representatives from Yeates and Yeates Architects Nov. 21 for a ceremonial groundbreaking fo

PHS breaks ground on $2.5 million athletic fields

Phoenix High School broke ground Nov. 21 on a $2.5 million athletic complex that will include a football field and baseball/softball field.

Plaquemines Schools Superintendent Denis Rousselle said the new fields will be paid for with leftover FEMA money, which is why the concession stand and restrooms will be mobile. Because of FEMA’s requirement that any building built with FEMA dollars be elevated in order to survive a flood or storm surge, the $2.5 million will pay to construct concrete slabs with utility hookups where mobile concessions and restrooms can be maneuvered into place during games.

Representatives from Yeates and Yeates Architects said construction on the athletic fields is scheduled to begin in January and likely to take five months to complete.

That means the fields probably won’t be ready in time to host PHS’s second annual softball tournament benefiting multiple myeloma research or the fledgling varsity football program’s first spring training, but coaches and school administrators were ecstatic to see constructing moving forward.




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