ANKENY, Iowa – The Ankeny School District is planning to fund a $5 million stadium renovation with just private donations. The renovation will add additional bathrooms, increase seating, and make the stadium more wheelchair accessible.
“The goal is to raise money from private and corporate donations from individuals that are interested in Ankeny athletics,” said Jarrett Peterson, Ankeny Community School District.
Peterson knows how rapidly the district has grown and they want public funds to be available for other projects.
“This is a process that has been employed by a number of other school districts, in times when money is tight and yet they know that need to make improvements in athletic and facilities,” said Peterson. “It does give the public a choice to be able to step forward and support it if they feel it’s important.”
They received a sizable donation from a former alumnus. In December, Dennis and Sue Albaugh donated $1 million to get the project going. The renovation will be broken up into five phases.
The first phase will be used for planning. They have an architect and construction manager in place to review and develop a timeline for construction.
There is not a timeframe on when the funds need to be raised. The timeline will be driven on the success of the campaign.
Peterson is confident that they can raise the additional $4 million needed to complete construction. “Ankeny has always been a community that is interested in supporting athletics. We feel that people will step forward,” said Peterson.
The goal is to raise the money privately but if they cannot officials will review the plans and possibly scale down the renovation.