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Work on community running track in Parksville set to begin May 22

Groundbreaking ceremony scheduled
(PQB News photo)

The work to upgrade the Ballenas Secondary School cinder track will get underway on Wednesday, May 22.

A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at Ballenas at 9 a.m. to launch the long-awaited project that will see a new rubberized, six-lane, all-weather track built at the school.

The Qualicum School District, City of Parksville, Town of Qualicum Beach, Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN), along with sports groups, athletes and community members have banded together to raise much needed funds to make this $1.5-million track upgrade happen.

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The container rooms and facilities located near the track have now been removed, clearing the space for the construction to start. Leighton Contracting was awarded the project by the school district.

It is projected it will take four months to prepare the site, including grading and installation of a drainage system. This will be followed by asphalt paving expected to take place in early fall.

Depending on the weather, the rubberized track could be applied in the fall or early spring in 2025.

Michael Briones

About the Author: Michael Briones

I rejoined the PQB News team in April 2017 from the Comox Valley Echo, having previously covered sports for The NEWS in 1997.
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