Renovations on Track

Wanda Kurchaba
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Resurfacing to the Athletic Field at the Brandon Community Sportsplex is on schedule for completion in the coming weeks.

Previous to this week, the dry weather had been good for drying out the track and most of the civil work is done. According to a City of Brandon spokesperson, the rubber surface crew will start installing the top surface in the very near future and it’s expected that work will be completed by the middle of July. At this point, the project is on budget.

As the City of Brandon is hosting the 2017 Legion National Youth Track & Field Championships, this will be the first event held at the newly renovated athletic field. The championships take place August 10-13.

While the renovation delays from last summer had schools and other groups looking for alternative track and field options, when the new rubberized track is complete it will serve Brandon and the Westman region for years to come. It will continue to be the perfect venue for hosting local, regional, provincial and national events as the newly renovated facility will meet

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) standards.

The Athletic Field was last renovated in 1996 in preparation for hosting the 1997 Canada Summer Games. With the normal life cycle for such rubberized track facilities being 10 years, the Sportsplex Track & Field venue was well past its original life expectancy and was in desperate need of replacement.