Snack shack replacement effort gets another boostMystery donor extends matching offer to all Belfast alumni
Belfast — An effort to replace the old concession stand alongside the Belfast Area High School athletic field — also known as the snack shack — has gained momentum this week, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.
BAHS Athletic Booster Club Chair Martha Kulikowski reported the news in an email sent to The Journal Monday morning, June 18. In the electronic message, Kulikowsi said the same anonymous donor, a 1951 Crosby High School graduate, has offered to expand the scope of the 50-50 match that was offered to other CHS alumni to include those who graduated from BAHS, as well as friends of the high school.
As reported in a Journal article that ran last month, the old snack shack has seen better days; the plywood floors inside are warping from years of use, the exterior is deteriorating, there are no restrooms and the building has no running water.
Last month, Kulikowski said the boosters had set aside $11,000 toward the cost of replacing the snack shack out of money raised over the last two years. But the total cost of the project, which will nearly double the size of the building, set it further back from the field and add running water and bathrooms, is estimated at $25,000.
The boosters hope to see the old building torn down over the coming summer, and to begin the two-phase construction project soon after. Phase one, said Kulikowski, will include the groundwork, laying the foundation and establishing water access, while the final phase will include erecting the new building and adding the restrooms.
In addition to the ongoing matching campaign, the boosters are planning a benefit golf tournament at Northport Golf Club for Friday, Aug. 10, which also happens to be the kickoff for Crosby alumni weekend. Golf tournament participants will be welcome to submit a team to compete or sponsor a hole.
"All the money will be going toward this project,” said Kulikowski.