Work progressing on new physical education facility at GHS
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
Grayling High School’s new Viking Activity Center – an expansion of its physical education facilities – is currently slated for completion later this year, and school officials are hoping the existing gym will be ready in time for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.
The new facility is being added to the front of the high school (facing Old 27) onto the side of the current gymnasium. The bones of the new facility are in place.
“Everything’s framed in,” said Nate Maury, Athletic Director for Grayling High School.
The Viking Activity Center, according to the plans for the project, will have a basketball court, a volleyball court, a tennis court, and multiple pickleball courts once it’s finished. The facility 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 Viking Activity Center will also have a small set of retractable bleachers on one side and two new changing rooms, according to the plans.
Maury said workers are now focusing on getting the current gym ready for students while still making progress on the new Viking Activity Center.
“The goal is to have the main gym ready for the first day of school. Majority of focus has been shifted to the main gym to get that ready for school,” Maury said.
(The first day of school is slated for Tuesday, September 3.)
Practices began on Wednesday, August 12, for high school volleyball. Maury said the Grayling volleyball program – the only indoor sport that the school has during the fall season – will practice at Grayling Middle School to start the year and move back to the high school when the existing gymnasium is ready.
Upstairs, the new track that goes around the Viking Activity Center will go through exisiting gym, creating walkways behind the existing basketball backboards.
Maury said he’s not sure if the new walkways will force a change in the existing volleyball courts when the school runs two matches at once with side courts.
“We’re going to play a season the way it is and then reassess it,” Maury said.