Track rebuild cost jumps

BAR HARBOR — It’s going to cost about $88,000 – $58,000 more than expected – to refurbish the running track and tennis courts at Mount Desert Island High School.

The track alone will run $70,000.

Principal Matt Haney told the school’s trustees Monday that, rather than just applying a fresh top coat, the entire rubberized surface that sits on the asphalt base needs to be replaced “to maintain the integrity of the track.”

“If we don’t do it, it’s going to cost us significantly more in the long run.”

The track was built nearly 15 years ago. Haney said that is just about the surface’s expected life. He said there are some holes in the surface, and it has become compacted.

“A brand new track is quite springy and spongy and comfortable to be on,” he said. “Ours basically feels like this [meeting room] floor with better footing.

“The track is a source of pride for us. We host regional championship meets on a pretty consistent rotation. And this year, as we do about every third year, we’re hosting the state Class B track championships.”

Refurbishing the high school’s tennis courts, which involves treating the asphalt surface to keep it smooth and free of cracks, will cost about $18,000.

Haney said Athletic Director Bunky Dow obtained cost estimates for the track and tennis court projects from Maine Tennis and Track, a specialty design and construction company in Gray.

The high school trustees, who are responsible for the school’s buildings and grounds, voted unanimously to spend the estimated $88,000 for the track and tennis court work. The trustees have enough money in their budget to cover the cost, but spending $58,000 more than they had expected could mean that some other facilities projects will have to be delayed.

Haney said the track and tennis court work would be done sometime next summer.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]

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