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GCISD moving forward on multipurpose facilities

A view of the inside of of the Southlake Carroll indoor practice facility. The GCISD is looking to break ground on similar facilities at Grapevine and Colleyville Heritage early next year.
A view of the inside of of the Southlake Carroll indoor practice facility. The GCISD is looking to break ground on similar facilities at Grapevine and Colleyville Heritage early next year. Star-Telegram Archive

Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District athletics director Bryan Gerlich said he is hopeful that the new Multipurpose Activity Centers at Grapevine and Colleyville Heritage will be ready by the spring or summer of 2018.

There are also hopes ground can be broken for both in early 2017. Of course, some of that will depend on what kind progress the district makes with the construction of the new Cannon Elementary School, he said.

Fresh off the successful bond election in early May, Gerlich said the district held its first round of meetings with coaches at both high schools in mid-June. What’s clear is that both facilities will be on each campus.

That’s significant for Grapevine. With the field house located adjacent to Mustang-Panther Stadium, there had been some questions as to whether the building would be on that piece of land or not. Gerlich said several locations are under consideration.

Given that development, it’s likely the football coaches will eventually relocate to the new facility. It’s too early to know what would happen with the field house, where the coaches currently work.

“[At Grapevine], we’re looking at a couple of spots,” Gerlich said. “We could put it close to where the current tennis courts are. There would be some parking that would be lost, but we could find a way to create more. We’ve also looked at attaching it to the school building.

“[With Colleyville Heritage], we have a little bit of an easier situation. We could put it on the field next to Heritage Avenue. There’s another space just east of the baseball field. But the concern there is that it’s in a flood plain.”

The 73,000-square foot facilities are still awaiting initial artist renderings. The first could be submitted sometime in July. But it’s possible they will look close to what the indoor facilities look like at Euless Trinity and Hurst L.D. Bell.

Gerlich said specific amenities were discussed, including the size of the locker rooms and laundry rooms. Ideally, most outdoor sports coaches’ offices would be housed there.

The football field will be 60 yards in length with a 10-yard end zone. The width will be football-field regulation at 53 yards. There will be about 10-12 feet of space from the sideline to the wall.

There also plans to make some cosmetic improvements to Mustang-Panther Stadium, led by repairing bleachers. A new field turf surface was installed before the 2015 season.

“We’re making progress with where we’re at,” Gerlich said. “Once we have the initial drawings, then we’ll have a better idea of what to do next. It’s an exciting time with what we can do.”

Notable

It’s a pretty quiet summer hiring season for the GCISD. Gerlich is looking to find a new tennis coach and new wrestling head coach at Grapevine. There are no head coach openings at Colleyville Heritage … The first Grapevine-Colleyville Heritage football game with district implications for the first time since 2013 is slated for Oct. 21. The two schools had been in different classifications for the past two seasons. Both teams are favored to make the 2016 Class 5A playoffs.

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