Deer Park football fans will get a look at the new high school track although the peek may not happen at the Stags’ Sept. 9 season football opener.
Steve Howard, the school district’s maintenance supervisor, does not expect the work to be completed until the end of September or early October.
Beynon Atlas, a Tarkett Sports Co., headquartered in Portland, Ore., started work on the new track this summer. The company has removed the existing track, which was laid in 1980 (the year the high school was built) and resurfaced in 1998.
The track’s deteriorating condition forced the high school to schedule all road meets last spring.
Preliminary talks a few years ago had the track expanded to eight lanes. The current project will keep the track at six lanes.
Work crews have started work on placing a 2-inch asphalt overlay on the track and then installing the company’s half-inch BSS 300 product on top.
The International Association of Athletics Foundation certified running track is a durable, all-weather, flood and chip sandwich system with shock absorption and the highest return of energy.
Company officials noted that surface is resilient, and fast, and “can take on anything that comes its way.”
The Dual Durometer Sandwich system features a paved-in-place Polyurethane basemat, topped with a two-component seal coat and finished with a flow-applied layer of two-component Polyurethane and embedded or encapsulated texture.
The two-component wear layer provides a return of energy and ensures the longest life cycle in the industry, officials added.
Originally, school district officials had pegged the resurfacing costs at $450,000 plus $50,000 in new track equipment.
All the costs come from the high school bond issue. Those funds can only be used on school district construction projects.
The cost has been trimmed by more than $50,000 from the original estimate by placing the new pole vault and high jump pits closer together.
The pole vault pit will be placed on the northwest corner of the football/track complex where the long jump pit was located. The long jump pit will move to the northeast corner of the complex.
The discus competition will be relocated to the playfield near Arcadia Elementary School. The shot put area will remain in the southeast corner of the complex while the paved high jump area behind the northside goalposts will be expanded.
The new equipment outlay will include pads for the pole vault and high jump areas, hurdles and starting blocks.