Field to be dedicated

COVINGTON - The newly rehabilitated Wolverine Field behind the Cousins Center is ready for play and will be dedicated at a 7 p.m. public ceremony Sept. 10.

The field was once used by the Wolverines, the football team at R.L. Cousins High School, the county's high school for black students.

It was also used for football practice by Cousins Middle School before the school was relocated, but, "It's been a long time since there was a game there," Newton County Recreation Commission Director Tommy Hailey said.

That will all change the afternoon of Sept. 12 when teams with the Recreation Commission's youth football program will play the first games on the new field.

"It's been completely renovated," Hailey said. "We extended it to a 100-yard football field. We poured concrete wall pads for the bleachers."

A new concession stand, sign for the entryway and landscaping were also part of the project. The cost was about $425,000, paid out of the county's capital improvements fund. The project has been on the drawing board since 2002.

Hailey said the youth football program is one of the Recreation Commission's largest and fastest growing programs. Fields at Turner Lake Complex and City Pond will continue to be used.

The public is invited to the dedication of Wolverine Field at 7 p.m. Sept. 10. Set to speak are alumni of the original Wolverines football team, local officials and Recreation Commission members.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.