OLATHE, Colo. (KJCT News)-- Nothing but a dirt stretch right now, the Olathe High/Middle School track will soon be a multi-use surface.
“I believe it was probably one of the last dirt tracks in the state of Colorado on the high school level,” says Principal Scot Brown.
Since 1971 the Olathe track has been made out of dirt, and the facility as a whole has received very few renovations. Now construction is underway to make it a proper athletic surface.
“Right now our track team competes on the road all the time. When we practice we have to go to Montrose a couple nights a week, so we’ll be able to practice here,” says Athletic Director, Joe Archuleta.
Along with an all-weather track surface will be a new home side bleachers section, an entryway, a concession stand and an equipment storage space. The football field itself is staying put.
“It’s an eight lane CHSAA track. We can hold state qualifying meets here. With the dirt that we’ve had in the past we’ve had in the past, we haven’t been able to do that,” says Archuleta.
The total project comes out to about $3.2 million. Principal Scot Brown credits the school board for their assistance.
“It will enable a lot more of our P.E. classes in terms of physical fitness activities. It opens up lots of possibilities for our community to come in and walk after hours, to hold special events, I’m hoping to bring the Special Olympics out here,” says Brown.
Now the pirates can host meets, games and tournaments right on home turf.
“We go to nice facilities, now we’re going to have our own nice facilities. So our kids are really excited for this track project to be done,” says Archuleta.
The school is collecting donations for the construction of concessions and bathrooms. For those who want to be donors there are three donation levels that you can attain: gold level is $1500 for a donation, blue level is $1000 for a donation and the white level is $500 for a donation. Those who donate will have their name or business displayed on the facility.
Staff says the plan is to have the project wrapped up by August 15, 2020.