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Repairs expected to make Pine-Richland track useful for the long run

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The track surface at Pine-Richland Stadium will get cleaned and patched next spring. The project will cost $28,000. Deborah Deasy | Pine Creek Journal

Pine-Richland School District officials plan to spend $28,000 to deep clean, repair and reline the district’s 10-year-old stadium track.

School directors unanimously voted Oct. 22 to hire Nagle Athletic Surfaces of Liverpool, N.Y., to perform the maintenance work — and to help extend the track’s life.

“We can’t expect to get more than 20 years out of it,” said Peter Lyons, chairman of the school board’s buildings and grounds committee. “We can’t expect to get that 20 years unless we do something now.”

Resurfacing and restriping the track would cost $288,000, according to Architectural Innovations of Ross.

Instead, Nagle Athletic Surfaces will clean the 400-meter track with a high-pressure washing device similar to a Zamboni ice-resurfacing machine.

“It gets out all the dirt that has accumulated in the pores of the track … which will help bring back a little of the cushion,” said Gary Zang, director of buildings and grounds for Pine-Richland School District.

“By doing that, we’ll have to reline it (the track) because the pressure of the machine will take off the lines,” Zang said.

The machine is “capable of producing heated water and utilizing a water reclamation and filtration system to conserve water and reduce water runoff,” according to Nagle Athletic Surfaces’ written proposal to refurbish the track.

The machine uses bags to collect sediment, for example, instead of allowing the sediment to flow into — and clog — drains.

“It was designed for cleaning indoor parking lots,” said Serge Silva, sales representative at Nagle Athletic Surfaces.

In addition to cleaning the track, Nagle will install patches of polyurethane and rubber to damaged areas of the oval.

“There are a couple small areas where the rubber has de-laminated,” Zang said. “We’re going to have them repaired.”

Silva expects a crew to clean and patch the track during a three-day stretch next spring or summer. It will take two additional days to repaint the track’s lines and markers, said Silva.

The track opened in 2002.

“It’s open to the community,” said Zang. “Overall, it gets a lot of use.”

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or [email protected].

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