The Glenwood Community School district has completed a $254,000 overhaul to the lights at Ram Memorial Field and A.C. Nuckolls Field that will substantially improve safety at two of the district’s most frequently used fields.
Installation of the new lights and poles was completed last week. Dave Greenwood, Glenwood’s director of operations, said the former poles had out-lived their usefulness and the replacement was long overdue.
“The poles were rotting, the fixtures were obsolete and inefficient,” said Greenwood, adding the former light poles were more than 25 years old.
The light project was paid for out of school infrastructure local option sales tax (SILO) funds. ABC Electric of Des Moines handled the installation.
The football field will still have four light poles, but the baseball field goes from eight poles to six. Greenwood said he wasn’t sure what percentage of improvement the new lights would offer, but did say the lighting increase would be “substantial.”
“The main reason for the replacement was the age of the poles,” said Glenwood Superintendent Devin Embray. “The lighting was inadequate and the poles kept twisting from year-to-year so we decided to get it done. It had been on the books for a long time so we decided to do it now.”
In addition to the lighting project, a new state-of-the-art scoreboard was installed on the south end of the football field. The new scoreboard, which is roughly double the size of the former scoreboard and features a collegiate timing system for track, was donated by First National Bank, ASI Incorporated and the Glenwood Booster Club. The cost of the scoreboard is estimated at $70,000, Embray said.
A dedication ceremony for the new scoreboard will be held April 25 during the Co-Ed Ram Relays track meet.
The district plans to relocate the eight former light poles from the baseball field to the new bus barn parking lot and four of the former football field poles to the district’s soccer fields.
The project required an additional $6,818 of MidAmerican Energy-ordered wiring work, not included with the original bid, but the work did not delay the project, Greenwood said.