Posted on June 2, 2018
Many have asked about the progress of our Track Renovation Project so I’ll give an update to all. As most of you know we have been raising money for 2 ½ years to renovate our sad track. Over that time thanks to you and many others we have raised over $160,000 from track and cross country team fundraising, donations from alumni & families, and gifts from other campus organizations. This spring our boosters have been exploring the option of financing to finish the project sooner. We have had several families in our program volunteer to back a loan for our booster club of up to $250,000.
In recent weeks we have gotten finalized plans from our engineer and contractors, final bids for the project (that were within our budget), and a stamp of approval from the district Director of Facility Planning. In about two weeks our proposal will go to the Jefferson County Board of Education for approval at their June 12th meeting. Our hope is that they will give us the go ahead and that our track can be under construction before the end of June. The construction has two phases, both approximately 2 weeks in length. The first phase is demolition and asphalt work and if everything goes according to plan that may well be finished by July 15th. After a few weeks of curing the asphalt will be ready to be rubberized and painted. Depending on the weather and contractor availability this will either happen in early August or when we have break in the home football schedule in early fall.
Obviously, there are still many things that need to fall into place but right now there is a very good chance that Eastern will have a new home track facility very early in the 2018-19 school year!
That said, since we are taking a loan for a large part of the cost of construction and equipment, our fundraising has not ended! We are still accepting donations at https://www.youcaring.com/eastern-track-boosters-458195 or you can write a check of any amount to “Eastern 400m Project” and mail it to Eastern.
We are also doing a 12 Hour Run-a-thon on Friday June 8th. You can sponsor Coach Horan or any of our current athletes either with a flat donation or a per mile commitment. If you want to sponsor Coach Horan please an email and we can connect!
Thanks to all of those who have supported us already and thanks to those who are ready to help us finish the track!