Kenai Central High School working to build permanent restrooms at its stadium

Published: Feb. 28, 2022 at 3:22 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Fans have had many reasons to cheer at the Ed Hollier Field at Kenai Central High School since it opened with the rest of the school in the early 1960s.

What has not brought cheers since then is when it comes time for fans to take a break. They use porta-potties because the stadium does not have its own permanent restrooms.

A fundraising effort is underway to build permanent restrooms, a concession stand, and a storage area.

“I feel like our kids deserve it. I feel like the community, the Kenai community deserves it,” said Assistant Principal Will Chervenak. “It’s not only a sanitary issue, it’s not only a public health issue in my opinion, but I think it’s definitely also a school pride issue.”

The upgrades would go a long way for when Kenai Central invites other schools for regional sporting events, Chervenak said.

Chervenak estimated the cost of the project at around $250,000. Some matching funds from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District may be available, according to a post on the high school’s Facebook page. The $250,000 goal would go to pay for materials and equipment for the project.

Students are expected to play a big role in getting the building built.

Students in the high school’s drafting class, according to Chervenak, helped create the final design. Plus, construction students will likely be involving in the construction, giving them real-world experience.

The lack of permanent restrooms, Chervenak said, has cost the school at least $6,000 per season to rent porta-potties.

Construction could take up to two years once the project is approved.

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