Activity centers at Bell, Trinity give sports programs room to grow

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Nestled adjacent to the high schools, two new activity centers feature 60-yard indoor playing fields, drop-down batting cages and spacious weight rooms.

Students, community members and boosters got their first glimpse inside the activity centers Saturday morning during ribbon cuttings at L.D. Bell and Trinity high schools.

“We are thankful to the community who came out and voted for a bond, [saying], ‘Yes, this will enhance success for our children,’” Hurst-Euless-Bedford school board President Faye Beaulieu said.

Named for former longtime principals — E. Don Brown at L.D. Bell and B.J. Murray at Trinity — the centers will help alleviate a space crunch at both schools.

When the two high schools were built in the 1960s, the district offered five girls sports and 10 boys sports. This school year, H-E-B offered 20 sports for each in about the same space.

Multiple athletes shared one locker. In inclement weather, players ran in school hallways. Musicians sometimes practiced in closets.

“We had seriously outgrown our space. It had become difficult to run programs from a logistical standpoint,” Trinity Principal Mike Harris said. “This will give us the room we need to grow.”

Indoor playing fields will have artificial turf with 10-yard end zones, and the centers also boast large locker rooms with showers, mat rooms, team film rooms and coaches’ offices.

Students, coaches and administrators will move into the centers next week.

Voters approved $136.5 million in bonds in May 2011 to build the activity centers, a Career and Technology Center and an Auxiliary Services Center, replace old roofs and heating and air-conditioning units, and make improvements to technology.

The activity centers accounted for roughly $21 million of the overall price tag.

Chavius Minor, 17, a junior and cheerleader at Trinity, said the activity centers send a signal to the region and state.

“This is a milestone for us,” Minor said. “We have done incredible things with very little. Now, we have the tools and facilities to back us up.”

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