Improvements to New Canaan fields, high school track get green light
Updated 2:25 pm, Friday, April 28, 2017
NEW CANAAN — Lauren Carlson is a senior at New Canaan High School and the captain of the indoor and outdoor track and cross country teams. She, like many other NCHS students and residents, is well aware of the shortcomings of the high school’s current track, especially a dip at the beginning of the last 100 meter straightaway that is a tripping hazard.
“The track is in poor shape. It has not been renovated since 1974, which is especially shocking when you look at how often other sports fields have been done. There have been only patchwork fixes over time, and this affects our performance considerably,” Carlson said, imploring the Town Council to vote to approve the bonding of millions of dollars of improvements to athletic facilities around town, including a full renovation of the track.
The council listened on April 20, approving, in addition to improvements to the track, turfing of the two high school Water Tower fields and a makeover of the Mead Park baseball fields.
The projects constitute a public-private partnership between the town, the New Canaan Athletic Foundation (NCAF) and New Canaan Baseball. Roughly $2.3 million was raised by the latter two organizations, without which the projects could not have been completed.
“It really is amazing when you look at all these projects and the amount of private donations that have gone into this,” Town Councilman Steve Karl said.