Browns gifting Marshall a field

by Ian Heisey and Rachel Napolitano

The Cleveland Browns are “taking the field” in West Park, not to play a game, but so that the Cleveland Browns can replace the last two of five Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) fields with synthetic fields. In 2016, they promised to do fivc school fields in two years at a cost initially estimated at $2.5 million and now reaching toward $3.5 million in total.

John Marshall athletic director, Joe Gilbert, confirmed John Marshall High School Campus (JMH) is one of the final schools (along with John Adams) to get a new field and that Lawyer Stadium will also be prepared for playing soccer, in addition to football.

Cleveland.com’s reporter Nathaniel Cline reported in 2016 that the move to synthetic turf from grass fields will “help trim costs for field conditioning and provide long-term durability.”

In May, 25 people at a community meeting at John Marshall High School discussed the plans for a new synthetic turf athletic field and the demolition of the bleachers on both sides of the field. One side of the new field will be equipped with handicap-accessible aluminum bleachers.

According to Cleveland’s Ward 16 Councilman, Brian Kazy, the improvements will be done in time for use this fall for the football season. Kazy said he wants the athletic facility to be open to the community for use.

Kazy reported the Browns are providing the funding for the engineering and drainage for a new synthetic field, the field itself, a new scoreboard.

Michelle Pomerantz, labor and policy liaison for CMSD, said that the district is not able to help with any other improvements, such as a track, at this time, but is willing to collaborate with the Councilman and the community in any way they can.

Editor’s note:

In related John Marshall sports news this year, the Lawyers’ soccer team finished second in their league, girls’ tennis team won five league championships in a row, and wrestling team won the City Championship. The baseball team was undefeated in league play. Director Gilbert reports that JMH recently hired an athletic trainer for school’s athletic program and it is starting up a sports booster program.

John Marshall is located at 3952 W. 140th St.; Cleveland, OH 44111.

 

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