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Construction Begins on the New Track
For several years now, Parkwood High School track teams have had to travel elsewhere for all of their meets, but that situation will change for the better in the 2015-2016 school year. On May 18, 2015, Godfrey Construction Company began building a new standard six-lane track from the ground up, complete with a state of the art drainage system for the field. This drainage system will alleviate the major problems with sideline flooding the old track always experienced after heavy rains. The old track was so worn by years of use that the rubber surface had worn completely away in spots, exposing the asphalt base. The new track will be complete by the first of August, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for the fall.
In addition to the track and drainage system, construction plans include new areas in the stadium for all the track and field events such as the high jump, long jump, pole vaulting and pads for the discus and shot put throws. Parkwood High School will begin hosting regular season meets for both winter and spring track starting in 2016. Not only will the new track be esthetically pleasing and improve the appearance of the stadium overall, the students and community will have access to a track that is higher performing, better for athletes bodies and safer than the old worn-out track. Nelson Garner, Parkwood High School’s athletic director is very pleased that the construction is underway. Garner said, "We are very excited to be upgrading the track and drainage system here at Parkwood Stadium. These improvements will help to insure that our athletes and students have access to the safest and most modern facilities in the county. This is an exciting time for our school and community as we highlight the growth that continues to take place here at Parkwood High School. "
Written by: Lisa Moniz, Library Media Coordinator and Nelson Garner, Athletic Director
Posted: Jun 02, 2015 by Lisa Moniz