Clinton Small Stadium and High School/Middle School Arts Renovations
For over 50 years, the Tonawanda Warriors football and soccer teams played their games at Clinton Small Stadium in the center of the City. While the stadium, named after a respected coach, educator and community figure, was dear to the hearts of the community, was in dire need of upgrades and repairs which were not eligible for building aid from the State Education Department as the current site was not contiguous to a District property or school. In 2011, an overwhelming majority of District residents decided to honor the past but build for the future and approved a referendum to rebuild Clinton Small Stadium on the grounds of the High School/Middle School. The project includes a 1,500 seat stadium with concessions and restrooms neatly tucked under the home bleachers, press box, synthetic turf multi-purpose field and track, as well as reconstructed multi-use practice fields and a softball diamond. Other site improvements include redesigned bus and parent drop-off loops, mitigating traffic congestion, conflicts and safety concerns. The parking lot was also expanded to accommodate stadium events.
The project also addressed the needs of the District’s fine and performing arts programs. Over the past decade, the District’s music program experienced significant growth. Both the quantity and quality of band rooms were inadequate to support this popular program. By collaborating with music and arts staff we were able to renovate their existing spaces, relocate some programming and provide much needed music and arts storage. The lack of an identifiable main entrance was addressed with a tastefully detailed canopy, signage, lighting, landscaping as well as the necessary secure entrance doors, related hardware and controls.