PHS Track Project Underway

Thursday, June 22, 2017
The first portion of the new asphalt base for the track at Parker Field was laid Monday morning, as the long-awaited project got underway.
TD photo/Tim Blair

Following months of planning, and delays, work began Monday on the track surface at Piggott's Parker Field. The first asphalt base was applied early in the day, to be followed by another layer to set the proper depth.

The track is just one component of the renovation effort at Parker Field, the home of the football Mohawks since the fall of 1978. The new natural turf was laid last summer, and pressed into service for the home portion of the 2017 record-setting season for the Tribe.

“That turf has really been a blessing,” Mohawk football and track coach Michael Harrell notes of the field. “We are so proud of our field, and I am so proud to see our kids finally get a track.”

Concrete work has also been underway, including preparations for the construction of the long jump, pole vault and triple jump pits.
courtesy photo

Following the football season work on the track began, which was slowed this spring by soft spots which required additional attention. As a result, several areas were dug-out with dry fill material added afterward.

Last week the troubled portions of the track were inspected, and given the go-ahead. Poised to begin work with equipment in place, the asphalt company began the process of laying the base.

“The asphalt has to cure for a few weeks, then they'll come in and apply the track surface,” Harrell offered. “We plan to have a deep red track surface, it should look great.”

Other improvements at the complex have already been completed, including the construction of a building in the south endzone to be used to store the new track equipment. Additional concrete has also been poured, and the fencing removed prior to the renovation is being used in the former practice field area west of the block house.

“We decided there'd be much more room there for the shot put and discus pits,” he explained.

Pending approval by the state fire marshal's office, the renovation of the concession stand is also in the works. Under the plan, the front portion of the current concession stand building will be removed, and an addition will be constructed along the north side of the structure.

Work on that portion of the project is expected to begin later this summer, with the job to be completed well prior to the first home football game of the season, on Friday, Sept. 1.

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