Lowville Academy Athletic Complex

Lowville, New York

Lowville Academy Athletic Complex

Lowville, New York

 To celebrate its Bicentennial in 2008, Lowville Academy and Central School embarked on a $32.8 million multi-year capital project, 95.3 percent of which was funded by state building aid. A major and highly visible component of that project was the creation of a new $5.5 million multipurpose athletic complex.

Working with Syracuse landscape architect Appel Osborne, Mosaic’s design configured the existing athletic space to create more playing area, seating, parking, logical roads and drives and two inviting public entrances.

Existing tennis courts were removed to open space for adjacent synthetic turf fields with inlaid markings for football, soccer, lacrosse, baseball and softball. The fields are surrounded on three sides by padded, poured-concrete retaining walls.

The existing natural turf baseball and soccer fields got a major overhaul, correcting poor drainage that had prevented them from being used for much more than phys ed classes. New synthetic turf and an underground stormwater management system rated for “100-year storms” brought the safety and playability up the standards set forth by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

The athletic complex bleachers feature rear-loading staircases to the top, with seating for 1,050 spectators. A series of stairways built into the retaining walls allow spectators to access the fields from the stands.

Off the side of the fields, an expanded playground, four new tennis courts and an outdoor basketball court with a color-coated playing surfaces provide outdoor recreation opportunities for students and the community.

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