They’re rundown but it’s going to cost big bucks for new track and field facilities.
At a recent parks, recreation and culture commission meeting, representatives from the school district outlined their study of track and sports field improvements at four secondary schools, one being North Delta Secondary. Data was gathered to develop a draft site plan and cost estimates. The commission was told the base project cost was estimated at $2.4 to $4 million with options adding potential costs of up to $6 million.
Hoping to utilize new provincial funding that could be used to replace Delta’s shabby tracks, the school board last fall approached the city about what it would take to bring together all three levels of government, and perhaps other funding partners.
Trustees noted not only students but thousands of Delta residents would benefit from such facilities.
The city currently has a long list of other funding requests from sport user groups hoping for facilities including, most recently, members of the Tsawwassen Tennis Club who are upset that their private indoor facility will be lost if a casino is built at the Town & Country site. The Delta Gymnastics Society made a presentation about a potential expansion to the commission last year.
As far as Delta’s tracks, the commission was told the school district’s plan is only at a discussion stage. Should a funding agreement progress with the provincial and federal governments, consultants would be brought in to refine the project followed by further discussions regarding Delta’s potential role.