In a letter, Neah-Kah-Nie School District Superintendent Paul Erlebach discusses the proposal of upgrading the high school track. The proposed plans range in cost from $1.4 million to $3.6 million.
We are in the early planning stages to replace and upgrade the track at the high school. This is a project that we knew we would eventually be doing and is now at the point of necessity.
While the existing rubberized surface is about 30 yrs old, the subsurface dates back to the 1960’s. The subsurface is failing and beginning to crack in several places around the track. The rubberized top surface has been worn thin and in places is now starting to blister due to water seeping through those subsurface cracks. In addition to the track’s age and condition we have an antiquated drainage system that will no longer keep up with the winter rains. There have been rain events this winter that have flooded the east end of the field and track with as much as 2ft of water. This needs to be addressed and the best time to upgrade is during construction of the new track.
The runways for the long jump, triple jump and pole vault are worn away to the point that we have to roll out temporary rubber runways to hold a meet. We have no runway for javelin and they are being thrown from a grass surface that is generally slick from moisture in the spring. The high jump has rubber mats glued to an asphalt base and they tend to roll up at the edges.
The field lights are inadequate and have been for many years now. Originally each pole was equipped with 4-1500 watt lamps. We now have 2-1500 watt fixtures on each due to the age and strength of the poles they are affixed to. The wind drag from 2 lamps during a Southwester is as much stress as they can handle.
Going from a 6 lane track to an 8 lane and adding an extra runway for long jump/triple jump will allow track meets to be held in a timely manner and also will give us the opportunity to hold a district meet in the future.
The new facility will highly benefit the school district and the community as a whole since that area is always open to the public for exercise and play.
There will be an open house at the high school on April 23, from 9 a.m. until noon, to tour the track. Light refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you and answering any questions you may have about the renovation.
Financial and service donation would be highly appreciated. The district has set a goal of $175,000 in donations. Donations can be made to the NKN Education Foundation in care of the track project at PO Box 28, Rockaway Beach, Or. 97136.