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Campaign underway to restore Reggie renovation funding

posted Jan 8, 2016, 8:12 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jan 8, 2016, 8:18 AM ]

Mass. State Track Coaches Association needs our help. Money allocated to the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston was taken away by Governor Baker and DCAMM [state project group]. No reason, no explanation. MSTCA needs everyone to copy and mail via US Postal Service this letter to the governor. MSTCA hopes coaches, athletes, parents, alumni, former track & field athletes from across the state will do this. A copy of the letter is attached, or you can copy and paste the text below.


Governor Charlie Baker

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Office of the Governor

State House

Boston, Mass.

02133


Dear Governor Baker:


I am a member of the Massachusetts Track & Field Officials Association and have recently become aware of the fact that the renovations of the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Facility have come to a halt. I am very disappointed that you and DCAMM have withdrawn the rest of the funds needed to complete the project. I am shocked that you would do this to a project that was intended to protect the facility for future generations to use. I have been told that by holding out the funds you are jeopardizing the upgrade of the HVAC system, plumbing improvements, and upgrades that are necessary for the facility to meet state and city codes. This facility is used by hundreds of thousands of track and field athletes each winter from all over the state.


When one walks into the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, one sees a facility that has been has been kept in pristine condition. However, we know that the heating system is in trouble, the rollout stands are in trouble and have outlived their life cycle. We know the renovation project was NEEDED and the state agreed and granted the facility $5.7 million dollars to keep this facility up to standard and alive for future generations. Now we are very upset and believe that if you do not make a move and get the money back into the renovation project, the facility will start to become a risk for the athletes who use it to practice and compete.


I urge you to take the time in the very near future to review your decision to remove the funds and to make the decision to replace the funds necessary to finalize the project.


Sincerely,

 

[your name]

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MTFOA RLC letter.rtf
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Paul Williams,
Jan 8, 2016, 8:12 AM