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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- More than 500 people have signed an online petition against a proposed Reynolds High School football stadium that would be built next to Hanes Park. 

The online petition addresses concerns that the stadium could have a negative impact on the stream that flows through the Hanes Park.

Reynolds High School currently shares a football stadium with Parkland High School on Clemmonsville Road. 

"It's a really big discussion around school," says Reynolds High School, rising sophomore Deante Beckam.”I would like a new stadium so we wouldn’t have to share one with another team."

The proposed stadium would be built between Wiley Middle School's gym and the Reynolds gym.  School officials say both gyms are outdated and would need to be demolished,  to  a new shared gym that also includes a field house for the new stadium.  

Officials say the new gym would cost about $3,000,000 and would be paid for with voter supported bonds. Parents and community supporters are already working toward raising nearly $5,000,000 needed to pay for the new stadium. 

"This is a historical neighborhood so that would be my main concern,” said resident Casey Gardner who says he wouldn’t mind a new stadium as long as it didn't affect the environment and character of the park and community. 

"Just depends on how big it is and how much space it takes up," said Gardner. 

A new stadium could be years away. 

School officials say if voters approve the bonds other schools with more immediate needs would be addressed before the stadium.