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Concept plan for JPS land: It includes places for athletics and other facilities around JHS

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Concept plan for JPS land: It includes places for athletics and other facilities around JHS
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Though horseshoe pits, sand volleyball courts and a nine-hole disc golf course are included in the concept facilities plan for the area around Jamestown High School, that doesn’t mean that all those things will be built.


It does mean that, should Jamestown Public Schools decide to build any of those things, there is space set aside — though the plan can always be changed, too.

“It’s not a commitment to do it, it’s simply a land plan,” said JPS Superintendent Robert Lech, adding that he didn’t envision everything on the plan actually being built.

The plan, which cost $17,089, was created by Helms & Associates of Aberdeen, S.D., after a lengthy discussion and feedback process that involved school administration as well as coaches from various sports.

The Jamestown Public School Board decided to contract with Helms for the project in January.

The tentative plan includes space in the southwest corner for the Two Rivers Activity Center, a planned community activity center that could include a water park, gym space and a day care.

Layered over TRAC and its parking lot are nine disc golf holes surrounded by a recreational trail —something that could be created if TRAC doesn’t move forward.

The recreational track also reaches around much of the rest of the JHS property, including space for track activities — long jump, pole vault, discus, javelin and shot put — and a football and soccer field with bleachers that would be surrounded by a nine-lane, all-weather track.

Baseball fields, softball fields and a set of six tennis courts are included on the plan, near the existing soccer field.

Not all the projected sports facilities are for extracurriculars, though. There’s a football/soccer practice field, as well as a softball practice/physical education field and a baseball practice/physical education field.

And there’s even space for possible future expansion of the high school, both to the north and to the west, plus a fruit orchard.

Lech emphasized that nothing on the plan is set in stone, nor does it constitute a decision to build any of the facilities shown. Any such decisions would have to go through the normal School Board process, including budgeting and voting.

“It made sense to have a plan,” Lech said. “… I think it’s a very good concept.”

The School Board unanimously approved the concept plan at its Monday meeting.

Sun reporter Kari Lucin can be reached at 701-952-8453             or by email at

Kari Lucin
Kari Lucin joined the Grand Forks Herald as a multimedia producer in August 2014. Previously, she worked for a few years at the Jamestown Sun in Jamestown, N.D., as a staff writer, and prior to that, for about six years as staff writer and later online content coordinator, at the Daily Globe in Worthington, Minn. A graduate of Jackson County Central High School and Augsburg College, she has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English. Find more of her writing at her blog, Oh Look, a Shiny Thing! or on Twitter at @karilucin.
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