Local private donations are the fuel to get new track built

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The citizen-led campaign to build a state-of-the-art running track at Walla Walla High School is rounding the final financial turn. Construction of the new track on the Wa-Hi campus could begin as soon as this summer if enough donations are made soon — very soon.

To this point, the Wa-Hi Track Project Committee led by Scott Krivoshein is about $100,000 short the $850,000 needed to start and finish the project.

Big Blue Track Fund

6 E. Alder St., Suite 307

Walla Walla, WA 99362

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This project does not depend on voter-approved funding. Its success rests on donations.

The track, which is to be located off Fern Avenue and Reser Road, will surround a grass infield that can be used for football and other field games.

No, it’s not going to replace Borleske Stadium as the home of the Blue Devil varsity football team anytime soon, but it could in the future if enough money is eventually collected to fund grandstands and field turf.

But that’s Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the project.

For now, the focus is on building a facility for track and field meets and practices so the Wa-Hi track team does not have to be bused across town to use Martin Field, which is adjacent to Borleske. Ending busing will save taxpayers at least $15,000 a year.

When completed, the track — expected to be blue — will also become a community resource.

Those who wish to walk, jog or run on the track will be free to do so when not in use by the school district.

Other area high school track and field teams that now use Martin Field would have an opportunity to move their meets to Wa-Hi.

Wa-Hi’s junior varsity and freshman football teams, which now play at Martin Field, could play their games at the new facility.

It’s clear this venue, which looks impressive in the conceptual drawing (bigblueboosters.org), will benefit this community and the region.

Beyond that, the facility is being funded through a public-private partnership. Property taxes aren’t going to be raised to make this happen.

The fate of this well-planned and beneficial project hinges on the ability of the committee to secure donations as well as the generosity of the community.

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