Friday, January 19, 2018

Grant High School unveils new turf field, track after 12 years of work

Lloyd and Judy Lindley began work to bring a turf field to Grant High School when their son was in fifth grade. He’s 25 and a college graduate now. Twelve years after the couple began their crusade, city and Nike leaders unveiled the new field and track Friday.

In the old days, the days when the Lindleys first hatched their plan, Grant Generalsgames often rained out. At the time, Jesuit High School was leading the charge to convert high school fields from grass to turf. As Grant’s project timeline stretched into a decade, the Generals have rented out Jeld-Wen Field for some home games.

The project looked hopeless even last year, said City Commissioner Nick Fish.

“Not every path is straight,” he said. “Not everything we do is easy.”

But the community and big names came together to raise the nearly $2 million needed for the project. Detroit Lions player Ndamukong Suh, a former Grant High School football star, donated $250,000 toward the effort. Nike, which has donated to help rebuild five PPS fields, gave $350,000. The Friends of Grant raised nearly $317,000, PPS and the Great Fields project gave nearly $392,000, Portland Parks & Recreation donated $400,000 from its System Developer Charges paid by developers, and $52,000 from sports user fees.

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