NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (June 21, 2022) – Student-athletes in the New Philadelphia school district will be running on a new track next school year.
Superintendent Amy Wentworth says Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium has been closed since last week, so crews can install a red, polyurethane one that will be cooler and more comfortable to run on.
“So we are completely stripping out the old track and then putting the new track down. And then, of course, it will be lined and striped appropriately, and when we are done, we’re going to have an upgraded surface for our students and our community to utilize.”
The district has received $95,000 in grants and donations for the work that’s costing around $285,000. Wentworth says they’re replacing some of the stadium’s other features this summer .
“We are also replacing our pole vault pit… We’re replacing the shot-put discus cement pads for throwing and we are upgrading our finish line camera system as well, so our track and field facilities are going to be top notch and ready to go for the next school year.”
Wentworth expected crews would begin laying the new track toward the end of the week, weather permitting. She says it will then have to cure for 28 days before they can paint the stripes and reopen the facility.