DRI Dietz Stadium & Andretta Pool Improvements

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Working with engineering consultants CPL, the City began a multi-phased, comprehensive restoration of its major sports complex in spring 2020. The Dietz/Andretta complex is the Kingston City School District's home field for football, track, the marching band, and special activities such as the annual high school graduation ceremony.

Residents and community groups also regularly use the facilities for swimming, walking, and a wide variety of other events.

Originally built in the 1940's, the main stadium is in dire need of structural repairs and upgrades, as is the Andretta Pool facility, which was added to the complex in the 1970's.

This important project has been kick-started with $2.5 million from the $10 million DRI award the City won in 2017. This initial funding will cover the costs of a full master plan and designs as well as construction of some elements identified in the plan. Construction of the remaining elements will continue in the future as the City secures additional funding.

The master plan will include improvements to the pool and pool house (including installation of a new splash pad), scoreboard, bleachers, water fountains, fencing and gates, sound and Wi-Fi systems, lighting, bike racks, locker rooms, bathrooms, food vending, signage, parking and more.

In addition to the DRI award, the City has also received two New York State grants for green infrastructure improvements to the parking lot and surrounding drive —$1.5 million from the Environmental Facilities Corporation and $1 million from the Department of Environmental Conservation. Parking lot designs will begin when the City's contracts with the funding agencies are executed, possibly by this November.

To date, CPL has completed Phase 1A, which included a new roof and masonry repairs at the pool house. Phase 1B just wrapped up in September and included pool lining repairs and installation of a new pump and filter that will serve both the pool and a new splash pad (Phase 1C to begin this winter).

Next steps are to gather community input about the master plan and the improvements that should be made to the stadium with the remaining DRI funds. Our goal is to make the selections so that CPL can complete designs in time to begin work in spring 2021. And we'll continue to seek new grant funding to support our comprehensive improvements wish list.


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Working with engineering consultants CPL, the City began a multi-phased, comprehensive restoration of its major sports complex in spring 2020. The Dietz/Andretta complex is the Kingston City School District's home field for football, track, the marching band, and special activities such as the annual high school graduation ceremony.

Residents and community groups also regularly use the facilities for swimming, walking, and a wide variety of other events.

Originally built in the 1940's, the main stadium is in dire need of structural repairs and upgrades, as is the Andretta Pool facility, which was added to the complex in the 1970's.

This important project has been kick-started with $2.5 million from the $10 million DRI award the City won in 2017. This initial funding will cover the costs of a full master plan and designs as well as construction of some elements identified in the plan. Construction of the remaining elements will continue in the future as the City secures additional funding.

The master plan will include improvements to the pool and pool house (including installation of a new splash pad), scoreboard, bleachers, water fountains, fencing and gates, sound and Wi-Fi systems, lighting, bike racks, locker rooms, bathrooms, food vending, signage, parking and more.

In addition to the DRI award, the City has also received two New York State grants for green infrastructure improvements to the parking lot and surrounding drive —$1.5 million from the Environmental Facilities Corporation and $1 million from the Department of Environmental Conservation. Parking lot designs will begin when the City's contracts with the funding agencies are executed, possibly by this November.

To date, CPL has completed Phase 1A, which included a new roof and masonry repairs at the pool house. Phase 1B just wrapped up in September and included pool lining repairs and installation of a new pump and filter that will serve both the pool and a new splash pad (Phase 1C to begin this winter).

Next steps are to gather community input about the master plan and the improvements that should be made to the stadium with the remaining DRI funds. Our goal is to make the selections so that CPL can complete designs in time to begin work in spring 2021. And we'll continue to seek new grant funding to support our comprehensive improvements wish list.


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    What improvements are going to be made to the Press Box? If it is not going to be enlarged would you consider placing an additional press box on the visitors grandstand? If you expect to attract state wide high school Championship events the size and condition of the current press box is a problem. What is the plan for turf replacement? I asked many of the same questions several months ago and did not receive a reply that I know of.

    John ford asked 4 months ago

    Hi, John.  Thank you for visiting our new site and submitting a question. We did see your question back in May and responded at that time. I'll look into what happened to the response as it clearly didn't make it to you. Our apologies.

    Work has been moving along on the pool side. The new roof and masonry repairs were completed at the pool house. Installation of a new filter and pump and pool lining repairs are almost finished. We're also moving forward with installation of a new splash pad in September.

    Meanwhile, we're still very much in the design planning stage for the upgrades that will take place at Dietz Stadium. Our Master Plan is coming together, but it will be a couple of months before it's completed. Our Project Advisory Committee (PAC) is exploring all of the options and helping the City create a comprehensive "wish list."

    Once we have a draft of the plan ready, we'll host a public meeting to which all interested community members are invited. There will be important choices to make at that point. For example, the PAC will have narrowed items for construction, such as the scoreboard, to one or two recommendations that will be presented with the full plan.  Community members will have the chance to offer comments and ideas that will be taken into consideration before finalizing the choices. 

    Yes, we've been speaking about the turf and press boxes as areas in need of improvement. If you happen to have other specific ideas now that you'd like the PAC to think about as we develop the Master Plan, please don't hesitate to let us know.

    Thanks again.

    Ruth Ann