Gig Harbor High School is undergoing several improvements this summer, the largest of which includes resurfacing the track. The Peninsula School District has contracted the work to Beynon Sports, which began to work immediately after the school year ended in June.
Ernie Elton, director of facilities for the school district, said the track needed to be completely stripped down.
“It’s outlived its life,” Elton said. “It had some bald spots — it needed to be repaired. This track was in such bad shape that it needed to go right back down to the asphalt.
“It’s quite a process to resurface that thing,” he said. “What they’re doing now is putting a thin layer — it looks like a baby asphalt machine.”
After the preliminary layer is put on, the crew will come in with a hose and spray the rest of the surfacing on.
The crew also is removing a section of grass in the west end of the football field and adding track surfacing there for javelin throwing and high-jump activities. The track is expected to be complete next week.
Other athletic facilities that are being improved include the swimming pool, which will have minor upgrades, and the locker rooms, which are being painted.
“We put a new coating (of paint) in the pool,” Elton said. “We have one safety line to install in the pool, and then we’ll start putting water in, and new pumps and things like that. Chlorine really tears that stuff up. It’s looking great — that place is going to look really nice.”
The school district also is working on multiple improvements to the high school parking lot.
“For safety, we had to re-stripe everything,” Elton said. “We did reconfigure the front parking lot for visitors. We had trouble with things like bottleneck — people couldn’t get in and out. Hopefully we’ll have that alleviated.”
Elton said the district’s grounds crew is working on various beautification work that should be done by the time school starts next month.
Despite a tight budget, Elton said the crew works hard to make the grounds aesthetically pleasing.
“We do what we can with what we have,” he said.
Other fields need upgrades, too. Elton said the district would be able to start it if voters approve the capital projects levy in November.
“Peninsula High School’s artificial turf (at Roy Anderson Field) has been down since 2003,” Elton said. “It’s right at the end of its life cycle. The levy measure will allow us to get in there and do that quickly. That’ll probably be a project for next summer, if the levy passes.
“Gig Harbor High School and Harbor Ridge have turf fields also,” he said. “They will all fall in line.”