Park City School District changes proposal to move Dozier Field
The Park City School District’s master planning committee has scrapped its proposal to move Dozier Field.
Rory Murphy, co-chair of the group, told The Park Record on Friday that it has decided to advise the Board of Education to keep Dozier Field where it is in the wake of public outcry regarding the possible move.
The committee is set to deliver a recommendation to the Board of Education August 5 about a large-scale master planning project that could result in a large bond on the ballot in November.
A revised proposal calls for Dozier Field to remain in place and an expansion of the high school’s current athletic facilities, which are viewed as insufficient. Murphy said those plans have not been finalized, but could include: an expansion to the PCHS gym and locker room facilities or building locker room and office space under the west bleachers at Dozier Field.
A new wing on Park City High School — which in the previous proposal would have been built where the field sits — would instead be constructed to the south, on the current parking lot. The parking lot would be moved to where the softball field is, pushing the softball and baseball fields to the site of the would-be demolished Treasure Mountain Junior High.
As well as those changes, the schedule for the committee to present its recommendation to the board has also been altered. Rather than delivering the recommendation August 11, as previously planned, the committee will speak to the board August 5, in a retreat at Ecker Hill Middle School. The meeting, set to run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., is open to the public.
"The board simply wanted as much time as they could get before the vote," Murphy said. "They wanted a couple weeks to really wrestle with it and talk to their constituents and discuss it among themselves."
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