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Post by Shadrach on Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:39 pm

OK, I was called out by DD and I can't let that pass. But first, thanks to Stonehouse for an eloquent and accurate statement about UP's role in, and intentions for, the NP Greenway Trail on the Franz River Campus.

UP is "all in" regarding the trail and some of what has been written by trail advocates and others regrettably contain misstatements due to lack of factual information. A few other comments are just plain wrong. There are joint use/ownership issues involved between UP and UPRR that I am confident we will work out. It will take a bit of time but overall our experience in past dealings with the railroad has been a positive one.

I am asking Pilot Nation to have a bit of patience as we work things out. We will soon solve this matter and announce a solution satisfactory to all involved. So please stay tuned!

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Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:38 pm

Shadrach wrote:I am asking Pilot Nation to have a bit of patience as we work things out. We will soon solve this matter and announce a solution satisfactory to all involved. So please stay tuned!
Thanks, Shadrach....I don't think any of us are impatient, it's the two wheelers that ride through stop lights and stop signs that seem to be impatient.

Everyone on this forum is looking forward to the time when we can enjoy sports on the new Franz Campus....and maybe even find a parking spot too. †Shocked
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Re: Rendering of Franz Campus Track

Post by Geezaldinho on Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:36 am

DD wrote:Everyone on this forum is looking forward to the time when we can enjoy sports on the new Franz Campus.

I think Iím too old to use the Lacrosse field...
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Re: Rendering of Franz Campus Track

Post by PilotNut on Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:28 am

Something that has not been discussed with the Franz Campus updates: the baseball stadium. It would seem to me that any large athletics donations these days would (hopefully?) include the final remaining funding for the grandstand? Has anyone heard if this was part of this round? I know there was mention of the Athletic Dept. inking a large donation soon for this purpose--but was it part of the Franz donation, or is it still to come? Question

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Post by DoubleDipper on Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:26 pm

PilotNut wrote:Something that has not been discussed with the Franz Campus updates: the baseball stadium. †It would seem to me that any large athletics donations these days would (hopefully?) include the final remaining funding for the grandstand? †Has anyone heard if this was part of this round? †I know there was mention of the Athletic Dept. inking a large donation soon for this purpose--but was it part of the Franz donation, or is it still to come? †Question
I too had thought the Etzel Field renovation was fully funded, but apparently that is not yet the case.

There is no connection between the Franz Campus and Etzel Field with regard to funding...they are completely separate.

It looks like UP is still waiting for a couple of large gifts to complete the final phase (or a bunch of small ones), but in the meantime I believe they are moving forward on contracts and permits. †Best guess is construction will start next spring, after the 2019 baseball season is completed, so as to not displace the team during the construction.

By going to the Pilot Club link, you can designate your gift to all the UP athletic programs, including baseball....

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Re: Rendering of Franz Campus Track

Post by PilotNut on Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:02 pm

In honor of the Franz family's generosity to the U, I have edited the title of this thread from "Rendering of River Campus Track" to "Rendering of Franz Campus Track". The Franz moniker was not in use when this thread started.

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Re: Rendering of Franz Campus Track

Post by PilotNut on Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:21 pm

I was up on campus last week, and snapped a couple photos to show that construction on the 2 practice fields has commenced! I've been told that the entire Franz Campus project has been funded... and construction will be completed generally clockwise in this order: artificial surface practice field ready this fall, grass field next spring (it will be planted this year, but will need to sit over the winter to let the grass mature), dock & boathouse, then the track, then the Physical Plant building, and finally the new Tennis Center. †

If you are near campus, you can now drive/walk down, by accessing it from either N Portsmouth/Bluff St (where the photos below are taken from; the Rowing Dock and House will be on the water where those existing piles/over-water structure are) or N Vanhouton Pl (behind the President's house--there is already some new parking down below on this end). In the 4th photo, I tried to show the area beyond the fields where it would appear the track will be.








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