Friday, June 27, 2014

Media advisory: San Diego Unified School District Renovates David Wells Field at Dana Middle School

Media Advisory 6/27/14
Contact: Cynthia Reed-Porter 619-546-3378

San Diego Unified School District Renovates David Wells Field at Dana Middle School

WHAT:  San Diego Unified School District is launching a major renovation project on David Wells Field at Dana Middle School in Point Loma. When completed, the new synthetic-turf baseball field will be shared by the middle school and Point Loma High School.

Those celebrating the start of construction with a ceremonial groundbreaking are: David Wells, former Major League Baseball player and new head baseball coach for Point Loma High School, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, San Diego Unified School District Board of Education Trustee Scott Barnett, other district and city leaders, the school principals, student athletes, parents and community members.

WHEN: Monday, June 30, 10-10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Dana Middle School, 1775 Chatsworth Blvd., San Diego 92107 The construction site is located on the southeast side of the campus. (map available).
Media parking will be available on site. (Enter the gate on Macaulay St., and proceed to interior parking lot next to the construction site.)

VISUALS: Ceremonial ground breaking, construction site, as well as David Wells and other Major League Baseball players working out with Point Loma High baseball players and younger baseball players who will be in their uniforms.

GUEST SPEAKERS: Student athletes, David Wells, Trustee Scott Barnett, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Lee Dulgeroff, executive director of Facilities Planning and Construction, Point Loma High School Principal Hans Becker and Dana Middle School Principal Scott Irwin.

INTERVIEWS: The speakers will be available for interviews. Others that will be available are: John Murphy, Point Loma High's athletic director; Mike McQuary, who won the primary for San Diego Unified's Board District C (seat being vacated by current trustee, Scott Barnett).

The $1.4 million construction project includes replacing the existing natural grass baseball field with synthetic turf, reconstructing the bull pen areas, and installing a new centerfield fence with access gates and wind screen, utility upgrades and field logos. The high school's varsity and junior varsity baseball teams will use the field for practices and games when the middle school isn't in session.

A brown turf strip will be installed along the perimeter of the baseball field so the middle school students have a designated running track for PE classes. The outfield will serve as a multipurpose field for the middle school students during their school day

The project is scheduled to be complete in fall 2014. For more details on phase one and the planned improvements in phase two, please visit the following website (scroll down to "Project Schedules").

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Cynthia Reed-Porter, communications supervisor l Communications Office l San Diego Unified School District
Mobile phone: 619-546-3378 l E-mail:

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