PORTSMOUTH — Friends of the PHS Arts & Athletic Complex’s $1.6 million fundraising campaign to replace the 25 year old running track and the overused central athletic field got a $5,000 boost last week from Rockland Trust Company’s local office. That gift will be matched by an anonymous donor.
To date, the campaign has secured a $500,000 challenge grant and various smaller gifts.
The existing track is non-regulation size, can no longer be resurfaced, and the community may not host any league meets. The central field is saved for games only and is in deplorable condition. The new proposed “synthetic turf” field and track will be a centerpiece for the Portsmouth community, young and old.
The goal is to break ground by June 2013 in order for the complex to be completed by the September 2013 school year. Donations of any sizes are needed and are tax deductible.