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Creek Valley unveils new $625,000 “Forever track”

CHAPPEL, Neb. - Students, parents, and community members gathered in the grandstands of the Creek Valley High School Sports Complex on Wednesday afternoon, May 17, for a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of the new track.

Superintendent of Creek Valley Schools, Ron Howard, addressed the crowd at the ceremony and explained some of the new features of the track and why there was a need a for a new facility.

“The old track had water under the concrete which caused it to buckle,” Howard explained. “This new track has a steel structure underneath which means water won’t affect the concrete.”

Due to the structural design, the new track should be able to last almost twice as long as the old design. The typical concrete track has a lifespan of about 20 years before the concrete needs to be replaced. The “forever track” as Howard described, should last close to 40 years before repairs must be made.

While the project did cost nearly $625,000 Howard was quick to recognize Thomas Buckley Trust in Chappell for taking on a third to half of the project cost, as well as the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) which provided a grant to the school district due to a specific feature of the track.

“The top coat is actually made of recycled tire shreds,” Howard said. “Because of that, NDEQ was able to give us a grant under their Waste, Reduction, and Recycling Incentive Grant Program.”

Fisher Tracks out of Iowa built the track facility which also includes a three-foot buffer on the outer edges of the track allowing space for hurdles, blocks, etc. other than on the football field.


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