Viking Activity Center expected to be ready in mid-November
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The Viking Activity Center – an expansion of Grayling High School’s physical education facilities – is expected to be finished in November following a few delays.
“It’s been delayed,” said Nate Maury, Grayling High School Athletic Director. “Couple of delays getting everything painted, getting electrical done. We’re moving right along now.”
School officials are expecting the new facility to be ready for the winter 2019-2020 sports season.
“Middle of November is the tentative opening date. The goal is to have it open before boys basketball season starts on the 18th,” Maury said.
Work on the project began in the fall of 2018 with tree removal and other preparations. In May of 2019, workers completed significant progress on the framing of the new facility.
The Viking Activity Center is attached to the east end of Grayling High School’s existing gymnasium. Once finished, the facility will have a basketball court, a volleyball court, a tennis court, and multiple pickleball courts. The Viking Activity Center will have an elevator, and the upstairs portion will have a batting cage with turf for use in baseball, softball, and golf practices, and it will have a track for walking/running that will connect with the existing Grayling High School gymnasium.
The walkway that connects the two facilities is finished except for the new surface. The Viking Activity Center’s courts and the new walkway will have poured rubber floors.
Maury said work on the exterior of the new facility is complete, and the poured rubber floor will be the final step in the process.
“The very last thing will be the gym floor and the track surface. Everything has to be done before they can put that stuff down,” Maury said. “Everything on the outside is done.”