I would like to point out some other things to look at on the Ballenas school grounds when Mr. Milligan invites his fellow trustees to view the “ugly” school track.
On your way to the back field you will see another of our School facilities badly in need of repair. The tennis courts at Ballenas are in a sad state, deteriorating more and more each year. If you wanted to play tennis you will need your lawnmower and weed eater to clear the grass and weeds.
Next stop on the tour is the north playing field. Students at Ballenas rarely use this grass play field. Potholes and uneven surfaces make it too dangerous.
Next stop: the south playing field. Through the support of many community organizations this all-weather field was constructed a decade ago. It suffers from inadequate maintenance. Soil compaction does not allow rainfall to drain. Overuse in the rainy fall season wears out the center and it does not get a chance to recover.
Finally, we should look at the track and field facilities. A 400m cinder running surface is more than adequate for training sessions. Oceanside Track club has added a cement inside curb, long jump pits, throwing cages, and most recently a high jump practice area. The cinder track looks pretty good and does the job on the day of the district track meet.
Therefore, when you look at all of the sports facilities, the last thing that Ballenas needs is a $2.5 million track and field facility.
Ballenas Secondary School