Saturday November 22, 2014


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New track will benefit Estevan


The construction of the track at the Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) has begun and it’s great to see.

The track will offer unlimited opportunities for Estevan. The main reason it is being constructed is because of the 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games that Estevan will host, but it will also allow Estevan to host other track and field events.

With a high quality facility, which includes a rubber track and draining system, Estevan can be eligible to host provincial track-and-field meets.

Also, it will create chances for local athletes to train, and for the Legion Track and Field Club to expand.

I was on the track team at the Estevan Comprehensive School for a year in long distance running , and I wish we could have trained at a facility like this.

The track won’t be just beneficial to athletes but to other residents of Estevan, as it will be a place to walk outdoors. I see a lot of people who walk the track at Affinity Place and with this new eight-lane track, it gives them a place to walk outside.

ECS will also benefit from the track, as it will help develop their track and field program. Along with the track, there will be new jumping pits installed, and areas for the javelin toss, hammer/discus throw, and shot put areas.

It is also a nice addition to the community, and offers more sporting activities to do. With the Woodlawn Athletic Park now revitalized, the track just offers another sport for Estevan to be more competitive in, and host more events which will be beneficial for the community.

The track is expensive, as it will cost around $1 million to construct, but it is better to do it right and properly, so it can last a long time. There are sponsorship packages for business, and selling the naming rights to the track is also valuable to the business, because if it is going to be used for many events, creating exposure.

When athletes from Estevan travel to the Summer Games they excel in various sports. Great facilities help them train, and with the new track facility being built it offers an opportunity for athletes to be even better at the sport as they can train more efficiently.



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