It was a banner day for the Gator Nation as Lakeview’s new football field was dedicated Friday, Sept 2 before a small but fiercely dedicated crowd that was not going to let a little rain get in the way of the Gator’s home opener vs D’Arbonne Woods. The long-awaited artificial turf field is in bold Lakeview green and orange and features a Gator logo on the 50-yard line. Not only is the field much better looking, but the artificial turf is considerably safer for the players than the old grass field. In addition to the field, some much-needed renovations were made to the “Gator Hole” which houses concessions, restrooms, and locker rooms.
The field is leased for $120,000.00 per year for a ten-year lease, including professional maintenance and upkeep, to keep it looking fresh. At the end of the lease, the district has the option of keeping the existing field or renewing the lease for a new field.
The new gridiron was dedicated by principal Karla Renter who was joined on the 50-yard line for the ribbon cutting by a host of elected officials, district leaders and former Lakeview Principal William Hymes. Principal Renter and school board members Steven Harris and Eugene Garner did the honors cutting the ribbon while school board members Beverly Broadway, Emile Metoyer, Reba Phelps and Tan’Keia Palmer looked on. Joining them in the ceremony was Superintendent Dr. Grant Eloi and Director of Business Affairs Lee Waskom, State Senator Louie Bernard, Sheriff Stuart Wright, and Campti Mayor Laron Winslow.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal congratulates the Lakeview community on its new football field and facility improvements. We wish the Gators every success as they undertake a new era in athletics. Go Gators!