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WORK UNDERWAY – The final phase of the track and field project at F.H. Collins began today. The surface of the track is being rubberized and the public is being asked to not use the facility at this time.

Final phase of the F.H. Collins track and field underway

The final phase of the F.H. Collins track and field project, rubberizing the surface, will begin today.

By Whitehorse Star on June 23, 2020

The final phase of the F.H. Collins track and field project, rubberizing the surface, will begin today. The work is expected to be complete so the track is ready for the start of the next school year.

Closing the track at this time of year will result in the shortest possible closure. The rubber requires that overnight temperatures stay above 10 degrees Celsius in order for the track to set. The public is asked to stay away from the track during this time to allow for proper installation.

The facility will be used to host the Yukon elementary and high school track and field championships. In addition to the regulation running track, the new track and field complex will also have steeple chase, long jump, high jump and shot put facilities.

Minister of Community Services John Streicker said in a release that physical activity is important for the community.

“Physical activity is key to a healthy, active lifestyle. We’re so excited to see the final phase of the F.H. Collins track underway,” said Streicker. “This will bring world-class running facilities to our community for the first time and I look forward to athletes of all ages and abilities using it.”

Athletics Yukon plans to register the track to World Athletics standards so it may be used for national track and field meets in the future.

“This modernized facility will expand physical education and sport opportunities and enhance the Riverdale Educational Reserve,” said Minister of Education Tracey-Anne McPhee. “It will also provide a great venue for community recreation that supports the health and wellness of students, families and all Yukoners.”

The budget for this project is $8.2 million. The Government of Canada contributed over $6 million through the Small Communities Fund from its Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Yukon has contributed $2 million.

“The athletics facility, with its new rubberized track, is unique in Whitehorse and in Yukon,” said MP Larry Bagnell. “I am proud to know that our athletes and residents can train and keep fit and healthy at this excellent facility.

“The Government of Canada recognizes that strategic investments in public infrastructure, including sports and recreation projects such as this, will ensure that our communities remain among the best places to live, work, and raise a family.”

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