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Thunderbolt track closed because of recent rain damage

 Thunderbolt track damage
Thunderbolt track damage

The recent rains did more than coax weeds to sprout. The prolonged precipitation did a number on the track surrounding the football field at Thunderbolt Middle School.

It’s sad news for those who frequently use the track for exercise.

“We will be closing the Thunderbolt track for repairs,” announced Diana Asseier, superintendent of the Lake Havasu Unified School District.

The closure is immediate.

“The recent rain took it from marginal to unusable,” she continued. “We have a lot of public use of the track, and we know it will cause concerns. The baseball field area and courts will still be accessible. We also have redone and opened the large lower practice field at the high school for public use since the renovation at the high school stadium.”

In describing the advanced deterioration, Asseier noted that the track’s rubber surface has separated from the asphalt in big chunks.

“The surface is now too dangerous for use,” she said.

The district is putting together a meeting to review its options. Thunderbolt’s track was slated for renovation with funds from 2016’s $49 million bond package. But that project wasn’t scheduled to occur for two more years.

In the meantime, the new track at Lake Havasu High School cannot be accessed at will by the public. The district’s governing board made that decision at its Nov. 1, 2018 meeting. Board members reasoned that in order to protect the public’s $8-plus million investment in the facility, access would be denied during non-school hours. Damage from dogs, foods and over use of inside lanes on the previous track were cited as reasons to deny open access to the new facility.

Still, board members would like to find a way that community residents could use the facility during non-school hours, according to the minutes from the Nov. 1 meeting.

 

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by Pam Ashley, Today's News-Herald
Jan 24, 2019


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