After seasons full of surprise indoor training days, when Arvada High School athletes trained in the hallways to avoid a muddy track, the school is celebrating the construction of its new track and …
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After seasons full of surprise indoor training days, when Arvada High School athletes trained in the hallways to avoid a muddy track, the school is celebrating the construction of its new track and field.
Arvada High School will be one of eight Jeffco schools receiving a new track and turf field this summer, with more field replacements planned in the coming years.
“Almost all of the high schools are going to get a track and field this year or next year, or the track has already been replaced recently,” said project manager Ed Huszcza.
The construction crew broke ground on Arvada High’s all-weather track in July with plans to finish the project by Oct. 10, Huszcza said. In total, the Arvada High’s new field will cost roughly $2.3 million, which is comparable to the project budgets for other district high school tracks, he said.
During the first weeks of the school year, the football team will practice elsewhere on campus and may play more away games than in previous seasons, Arvada High Athletic Director Dan Quaratino said.
Come October, the crew will have completed the turf field and replaced the dirt track with a concrete track overlaid with rubber.
“The concrete lasts a lot longer, and it’s more enjoyable for runners,” Huszcza said. He added the district chose to renovate school tracks and fields because of the wear and tear the facilities have sustained over the years.
“The tracks were in bad shape and the turf fields were at the end of their life,” he said. “They become a liability for the athletes, so this will make sure our athletes are playing on a safe field.”
Jeffco Public Schools’s construction plans will put Arvada High’s facilities on par with those in other districts, many of which already have all-weather facilities, Quaratino said.
“You want to practice on what you play on. It’s hard for our kids to be practicing on dirt and then go onto an all-weather track to compete,” he said. “Creating first class facilities is important to our district.”
In addition to improving the students’ athletic capabilities, he hoped the new track would provide the athletes an even more memorable high school experience.
“A lot of our kids are not going to play college ball, so you have to ask, `what experience are you giving them?’” he said. “We want to provide the best opportunities and experiences for our kids.”
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