By Ralph Morang / firstname.lastname@example.org Jul 21, 2017
for photos: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20170721/marshwood-high-school-track-is-resurfaced
The running track at Marshwood High School is being resurfaced. The work, including the lines, should be done by Aug. 1. [Ralph Morang/Fosters.com]
Brian Cornish of Maine Tennis and Track from Gray, Maine, left, and MSAD #35 Chief Operating Officer John Caverly talk about the resurfacing of the Marshwood High School running track. After new lane lines are painted, the track should reopen on Aug. 1. [Ralph Morang/Fosters.com]
SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Late one hot afternoon last week, Brian Cornish was wrapping up work for the day at the Marshwood High School running track. His company, Maine Tennis and Track of Gray, is resurfacing the quarter-mile oval.
SAD 35 Chief Operating Officer John Caverly, watching, said, “A lot of companies are not doing tracks anymore.” He said one other company in Vermont used to resurface running tracks, but now does only tennis courts.
Caverly said the track was last resurfaced 11 years ago, and was overdue. “It should be done every eight to 10 years.”
The first step was to have all the cracks filled. Then Maine Tennis and Track put down two layers of rubber made from recycled tires and cemented with latex. Next is a protective finish that provides protection from ultra-violet light. A black tarp temporarily covers the nearby chain-link fence from overspray. Lane striping will be done by a New Jersey company by next week.
Marshwood High School Athletic Director Rich Buzzell said the track gets a lot of use. “Since it was built, it has been a hub of activities.” Besides the school track teams and physical education classes, teams like field hockey and soccer use it for training. The Marshwood Middle School track team uses it, as do summer camps. Community members use it for running and walking. Walk-a-thons are held to raise funds for non-profits like the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The cost of the resurfacing work is $60,000, which will come out of the Athletic Enterprise Account.
Buzzell said, “The great part about this is the Enterprise Account fund. Zero tax dollars were used for the track resurfacing.” The account was set up in 2004, to enhance sports and wellness activities. Gate receipts from football, basketball and soccer games go into the fund. Buzzell said the funds are administered by the Facility and Finance Sub-Committee of the MSAD #35 School Board with final approval from the school district superintendent.
The Marshwood High School running track was completed in 1999, when the school was built. It is a standard quarter-mile track with eight sprint lanes and six lanes in the oval.
The track isn’t the only surface to get a fresh look. After watching the work on the track last week, Caverly turned to the adjacent parking lots, which under his purview, have just been re-coated.