Current Progress

Progress Over the First 3 Weeks

posted May 10, 2017, 9:11 AM by Kenneth Blakey-Shell


Ground Breaking!

posted Apr 25, 2017, 10:10 AM by Kenneth Blakey-Shell


MAPS Seeks Requests for Proposals

posted Jun 29, 2016, 10:38 AM by Kenneth Blakey-Shell   [ updated Jun 29, 2016, 10:40 AM ]

The MAPS board of education voted 6-0 to send out RFPs for the construction of phase 1 of the Community Track. This first phase includes the construction of the track, the soccer field inside of it and improvements to area sports fields to address the lost practice fields during the track construction.

MAPS will see how the bids come back before proceeding with awarding the winning proposal. Being peak construction season, if the proposals come in high then the construction of the track will be pushed back until the spring of 2017.

The attached document titled "00 11 13 AdvForBids.pdf" is the published RFP.

Community Track to Be Built in Two Phases

posted Jun 29, 2016, 10:33 AM by Kenneth Blakey-Shell

Phase 1 will include the construction of an eight-lane 400-meter track, field events area, and a full-sized soccer field in the interior of the track. Irrigation, a scoreboard and a flag pole will also be installed. This is the minimum of what is needed for people to be able to start using the track late this fall/early winter. MAPS has raised enough funds to cover this first phase.

In order to host meets an additional $60,000 worth of equipment (hurdles, timing system, pits/mats for the high jump, pole vault...). Maps is looking for donations to help with those expenses.

Phase 2 of the Community Track Project would include a 500-seat bleachers press box and asphalt walkways and drives.

February 1, 2016 - Site Locations Get Narrowed Down

posted Feb 2, 2016, 8:08 AM by Kenneth Blakey-Shell

On February 1st the Community Track Committee met with Foresite Design to discuss potential locations for the new community track. The existing site of the Centennial Track has some significant limitations that would make the performance of the track less than ideal and would limit the utility of the infield. Because of this, the area to the south of MMHS was investigated and several different orientations for the track were studied. 

The site south of the MMHS facility is an excellent location for the new community track and would allow the existing Centennial Track location to be turned into a practice field for soccer and football. Due to the topography, an east/west orientation for the new Community Track makes best use of the space available, allowing us to retain practice football and soccer fields in that area as well as the existing location of the softball and baseball fields. The following draft shows the location discussed but the track will be moved further to the west in order to maximize the distance between it and the softball field:

As we narrow in on the exact design for the Community Track we are also narrowing in on the exact budget for the project. Based upon current project cost estimates we are very excited because we are close to rising the necessary funds to make this project a reality. If you are interested in helping us reach the finish line please consider donating to the Community Track Fund.



November 11, 2015 - MAPS Hires Track Design Firm

posted Nov 19, 2015, 10:16 AM by Kenneth Blakey-Shell

The MAPS school board voted 6-0 to hire Foresite Design Inc to design the new Manistee Community Track.

October 29, 2015 - Meijers Donates $15,000 and Design Firm Interviews

posted Nov 19, 2015, 10:12 AM by Kenneth Blakey-Shell

The Manistee Meijers Store donated $15,000 to the track fund.

On Monday 11/2 the Community Track Committee is meeting to interview three of the architectural firms that submitted proposals in response to the track design RFP. The committee will make a recommendation to the MAPS Board and the design firm is slated to be voted on at the November 11th school board meeting.

October 21, 2015 - Track Committee Reviews Design Proposals

posted Nov 19, 2015, 10:06 AM by Kenneth Blakey-Shell

The Manistee Community Track Committee is in the process of reviewing responses to the Design RFP for the Community Track. To date, approximately $450,000 has been raised. 

September 16, 2015 - Oleson Foundation Donates $10,000

posted Sep 16, 2015, 10:01 AM by Kenneth Blakey-Shell

The Oleson Foundation recently donated $10,000 to the Community Track project. “We are pleased to be a partner in the Manistee Public Schools track project,” said D.J. Oleson, trustee of the Oleson Foundation. “We know that the new track will greatly benefit not only the students, but the entire community.” It is something that will last for a long time and we were happy to do something.”

August 28, 2015 - Fundraising Push Kicks Off with Big Help from 350 Club and Watson Chrysler Dodge

posted Sep 3, 2015, 12:55 PM by Kenneth Blakey-Shell   [ updated Sep 3, 2015, 11:32 PM ]

The Chippewa  350 Club organized a fundraiser in conjunction with Watson Chrysler Dodge and raise $5,000 towards the community track through promotional test drives of new Dodge trucks!

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