Work was moving along swiftly this past week on the construction of the new all-weather track at Riverbank High School.
Workmen have progressed from the heavy construction work, tearing out the old facility then completing site preparation.
Now, the new track is beginning to take shape. With sub surface in view, concrete sidewalks and curbing, along with the beginning of fencing were clearly under way last week at the RHS campus.
Although construction started immediately following the last home track meet, even before the end of the school year in May, there was concern the work would not be completed in time for the beginning of the high school football season.
However, an official from the Riverbank Raiders youth football group has been assured the field will be ready for their first home game, which happens before the high school season starts. The Raiders are scheduled to begin their practices at the Sports Complex on Monday, July 27.
Two-thirds of the football field grass has been replaced, some with the approaches to the Long Jump pit and the Triple Jump pit, both located on the sides of the football surface. Beyond the end zones has been replaced with areas for the high jump, on the north, Patterson Road end near the scoreboard, and the pole vault, on the south. Both the new sod and remaining old grass are being watered to get them ready for the football season, but the smaller grass area requires much less irrigation.
The project superintendent said no changes are scheduled for the discus and shot put areas, south of the track/football stadium complex on the RHS campus.