Soddy-Daisy High School is getting new track after years of consideration
After years of discussion, Soddy Daisy High School is getting a new track.
"This track project has been talked about up there at Soddy Daisy High School for over 10 years," said Hamilton County District 1 commissioner Randy Fairbanks.
After three years of serious talks, it's a reality. Everyone who will benefit from the new track can't wait for its completion.
"Yes. Finally," junior track and field athlete Kelsey Henderson said after finding out about the renovation.
"I'm a junior this year. So I get to take advantage of it next year."
"It's going to help us look first rate," said Soddy-Daisy High School principal Steve Henry.
Construction of the track started on April 16. The new track will expand from six lanes to eight and a pole vaulting pit is being added. It will be 100 percent rubber.
The old track was in use since 1983. It had asphalt and concrete. The problems started piling up.
"That track is just so bad for your feet and your knees," Henderson said.
"It just gives you shin splints and it just hurts like all the time."
"I wouldn't let my kid walk on it really much less try to run," said Trojan Fund chairman Steve Slater.
"It's just too dangerous."
The Hamilton County commission approved the new track with a budget of $900,000.
"It's going to create an opportunity for us to host things," said Henry.
He hopes the new track will lead to hosting events like regional track meets, senior and special Olympics. About 6,400 students in the county will have access to the new track.
"It is truly a community track. This thing will be used by all of my schools up in District 1," Fairbanks said.
The track is expected to be ready by the first football game next school year.