West Covina, Calif., Jan. 24 – The West Covina Unified School District hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Edgewood High School track and field Tuesday, January 23.
“The Edgewood staff members and students are so excited to be able to use this amazing new track and field,” said Edgewood Principal Roni Maddox. “We are grateful to our WCUSD Board of Education and the community for making this possible.”
The long-awaited project was featured in the district’s 2016 facilities master plan, outlining necessary improvements to be made that will increase safety for all.
The school’s previous grass field and dirt track was in poor condition, causing an uneven and muddy surface when it rained. Students and families sitting at the bleachers were often under harsh, direct sunlight as they watched athletic events.
After seven months of construction, the field is now completed and features impact absorbing shock pads on synthetic turf and all-weatherproof rubberized track surface. The field also has a storm drainage retention system and the bleachers are now shaded with solar structures that activate security lights.
“The track and field was the first step of the new sports complex,” said WCUSD Board President Michael Flowers. “We’re impressed with the results, but we are still not finished. In the fall, we’re starting construction on other elements of the sports complex and other classroom projects throughout the district.”
The track and field was funded by the General Obligation Bond Measure ES, which will also fund upgrades to the 50-meter aquatic center, locker rooms and restrooms. The district will also upgrade the tennis and basketball courts, making it a state-of-the-art sports complex.