State Representative Bryan Hurlburt, who represents Ashford, Tolland and Willington in the legislature, announced that funding to help pay for planned improvements at Tolland High School’s sports stadium is expected to be approved next week by the State Bond Commission.
Hurlburt was able to secure a commitment for a $200,000 state grant to assist with upgrades to the football field including stadium lights, artificial turf and ADA accessible restroom facilities.
“This is exciting news for the entire town, and particularly for our student athletes, parents and fans who enjoy Tolland Eagle sports,” said Hurlburt, who hopes the grant will help local private fundraising efforts for the project. “It is also a win for local taxpayers as this grant will help offset the cost of the overall cost of the upgrades.”
Hurlburt also noted that artificial turf will help reduce long-term maintenance costs for the town. Stadium lights will allow for night play, allowing more people to attend games.
The grant was placed on the Bond Commission’s agenda by Governor Dannel P. Malloy at the request of Hurlburt, a member of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee. The Commission is scheduled to meet Wednesday, October 3 in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.