We are raising funds in order to rebuild the community running Track at Ballenas Secondary School in Parksville, BC.
The existing track was built in the last century with a red cinder base and is approximately 400 m length. Apart from some improved drainage and re-cindering, no major upgrades have been made since 1977.
The existing facility is past the end of its life cycle. The track has no curbs and therefore merges with the grass infield on the inside and the outfield on its outside. Lane markings are not permanent, therefore are added when required. The track is not well drained and regularly develops holes and dips, which require continual maintenance, which in turn adds to the unevenness of the surface.
The track was identified by the community as needing to be replaced in the 2005 recreational master plan and has been the subject of numerous studies over the years, including a major study in 2009.
The total project cost is estimated to be $2,000,000 however after the application of grants and local government contributions, we are asking for a community contribution of $200,000.