After battling Mother Nature’s wrath for the past several months, the track portion of Keystone College’s new $3.1 million synthetic all weather athletic field and track has finally been completed.
Since last summer, Keystone has been working with contractor Clark Companies, based out of Delhide, New York, which specializes in the building of outdoor athletic fields.
At the dedication ceremony on April 26, most of the construction had been completed, including the turf field portion of the complex, bleachers, scoreboard, press box, and pavement in the outline of the track.
Construction for the track portion of the complex began just after college graduation.
Ed Erdman, director of physical facilities for the college, said that while weather was once again factored into construction plans, there were enough fair-weather days for the track to be completed.
“We may have lost a day here and there because of the weather,” Erdman said. “There were some wind issues some days and rain on other so we lost full days and only worked half days because of it. It took us closer to about three four weeks to finish and around a 50 percent overage because of the weather.”
The basic process of completing the track included the placement of a rubber surface on the asphalt, applying a final top coat and painting the track itself.
Erdman said the only remaining site work that needs completion is a stain on the plywood and final coat on the bridge leading up to the complex, a non-stick coating that goes over the driving area, and a final installation of the septic field.
He also mentioned that a couple more surprises may be coming.
As far as the track itself, Erdman was happy with the end result and looks forward to the foot traffic of Keystone athletes and members of the community.
“From what everyone tells me, people really do think this is a nice track,” he said. “It’s spongy and really cushions the strain on the joints of a runner. We’ve had a couple of big rains storms but there wasn’t a puddle anywhere. I think when it rains we’ll be in good shape, and once the rain stops it’ll be back to a playable turf surface and runnable track.”
Keystone has a busy summer ahead, with several camps for different sports scheduled from June through August.
For more infomation about summer camps and programs offered at Keystone, please visit the ‘Campus Events’ section of its website at www.keystone.edu.