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Bert Bowes PAC needs funding to finish outdoor track

After more than 60 years, the outdoor track at Bert Bowes is getting an upgrade. Construction on an elevated base, funded by School District 60, is underway and will be completed by the end of the summer.

After more than 60 years, the outdoor track at Bert Bowes is getting an upgrade.

Construction on an elevated base, funded by School District 60, is underway and will be completed by the end of the summer.

Once that’s done, the Bert Bowes PAC is looking to complete the project with an asphalt finish and painted lanes for athletes to train and compete on, giving Fort St. John and Peace region students the track they’ve long desired and deserved.

The committee would need a sizeable amount of funding to complete the project, and is taking donations from individuals and companies interested in helping out. PAC President Geilan Carnell said up to $190,000 would be needed altogether. If interested, contact Geilan at 250-261-1512.

The Bert Bowes track is used on an annual basis to host the district elementary track and field event, and needs repair so the track and infield can be used safely. The School District and City of Fort St John have had discussions around improvements to the tracks at NPSS and Dr. Kearney, the ultimate dream being federal funding for a facility like Masich Place in Prince George.

The infield has been redone, and the surface is currently being elevated. The finishing would take place over the next year or as soon as funding is in place. Local companies Kosick Aggregate, Surerus Pipeline and Rogers Trucking have voluntarily donated trucks to haul gravel to the site and help construction go as smoothly and quickly as possible.

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.