DOVER-FOXCROFT – Foxcroft Academy’s athletic facility has been praised by many across the state, and it appears due for an upgrade within the next couple of years. This particular project may benefit the entire Piscataquis County area as well, however.
The school announced a campaign to fund a $5.5 million indoor turf facility this week, and it already has a head-start on the fundraising. Foxcroft Academy received a $2 million gift from the Libra Foundation to cut the cost of the project, while it simultaneously works on a nearby ice arena. The foundation is currently investing millions of dollars in the county, and should this come to fruition, the people of the area will reap the benefit.
“We’re the poorest county from the state of Maine,” Foxcroft Academy head of school Arnold Shorey said Friday. “It’s bringing a lot of economy, a lot of different interests. The Libra foundation, they do a lot of things in the arts and agriculture and sports and fitness. In all three areas, it will be impacting the area greatly.”
The facility, which the school hopes to break ground on within two years, will be located past the football field. It will be used for field hockey, wrestling, track and field, baseball, softball, soccer and other sports. The school will look to private donations rather than taxpayer support for the it, and both facilities will be open to the public.