In conjunction with last year’s recently completed Restore the Pride All Weather Track Project at Old Town High School, the RSU 34 Education Foundation is planning a new effort, which is being referred to as the Pride Path Project. The plan is to redesign and completely redo the present approximately 150 foot walking path from the lower parking lot leading up to the Victory Field complex near the ticket booth.

RSU 34 Education Foundation president Harry Sanborn says that a small working committee came up with the idea a few months ago and the plans are now in place. The planned new pathway will be a series of personalized commemorative Old Town High School themed bricks that will be available for the public to purchase.

“The plan is to completely redo the walkway leading up to the ticket building”, said Sanborn. “In addition to the new walkway, we will be adding lighting and some benches as well as landscaping the area so it all blends together and transitions from the Pride Path onto Victory Field. It will look beautiful when the project is done.”

“We envision that Alumni & Friends affiliated with Old Town High School will want to purchase a commemorative brick either for themselves, a family member, a friend, a former teacher, or maybe a coach,” added Sanborn. “Each of these individualized engraved bricks will then become a permanent part of the new Pride Path.”

The project will use Paver Bricks with each brick will be individually engraved using a laser engraving process by the Moon Beam Engraving Co. of Levant. The bricks will be available in two different sizes: 8inches by 8 inches and 8 inches by 4 inches. The message on each brick is chosen by the purchaser with the availability of up to three lines with up to 15 letters per line on the smaller brick and six lines each with up to 15 letters per line on the larger bricks. The cost for the larger brick is $75 and $40 for the smaller brick. The project requires the installation of approximately 6,750 bricks to complete the new walkway.

“We are all very happy with how this brick project has turned out,” said Sanborn. “Our Victory Field and Track Complex came out fantastic, I’m certain it’s the envy of other school departments. Now we want to take the next step with the new Pride Path project and continue with various projects until we ultimately install a new playing surface on the football field.”

“In the installation process bricks will be laid on an aggregate base with sand placed between bricks to secure them in place”, added Sanborn. “This will help keep the grass between the bricks down and offer that finished curb appeal we hear so much about today. We want to keep the amount of work needed during regular mowing, etc. low so as to minimize any ongoing regular maintenance for the school department.”

The individual bricks are just going on sale now and order forms are available at two Old Town businesses: the Birmingham Family Market and the Boom House. An on-line order and payment form is also available on the RSU’s website – www.rsu34.org.

Brick orders will be collected over the next few months and the committee is planning for the installation of the brick walkway to be completed in August/September time frame, hopefully before the start of the football season. A formal dedication of the Pride Path Project is tentatively planned for Homecoming Weekend during the football season.


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