With newly renovated track, the Kezar Stadium gets an official reopening. The very first set of contestants to battle it out on Kezar Stadium’s renovated track would be Roosevelt, Rooftop, Lawton Middle schoolers and San Francisco community.
Unserviceable for a couple of months and more, San Francisco runner’s favorite destination has been restored to renown and glory, with the storied Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park recommencing with a pristine track after a substantial revamp.
It’s the most recent new start at 90-year-old Kezar, the 49ers’ hometown and abode until 1970. Mayor Ed Lee, together with other city legislative body, celebrated the new track with more than hundreds of middle school students in the city, who inaugurated it with a competition.
“We have a top-notch track and field arena for anybody and everybody to use,” the Mayor said.
The track, set up in 1991, is used by almost all schools and legions of avid runners, but in 2013, the growing issues of the track were documented by Chronicle Watch which includes: holes in certain areas, puddles gathering, scuffed paths, especially hard.
The stadium was closed for construction, last fall- and the results are remarkable.
Quite a few changes have been done which includes freshly paved walk ways; the venue has also been equipped with an upgraded sound system and new goalposts for football. Bright white lines demarcate the nine lanes of the stadium’s new rubberized track.
Having said that, the long-jump and pole-vault areas were also refurbished, furthermore in a waggle to another San Francisco stadium, the stands take account of 1000 plastic seats rescued from the wrecking machines over at Candlestick Park.
In order to help prevent problems that is likely to crop up in the future, preventative measure like new drains have also been set up.
Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the city parks department, said, in his words the 23 years old track was dying.
Both Lee and Ginsburg noted that neighborhood groups and campaigners had pushed for the track’s overhaul, which cost $3.2 million.
Jim Flores, 62, who trains track and field in close proximity Roosevelt Middle School, said the tune-up was very much needed. Over the years, he said, he watched the track fall down, with 1-inch chuckholes or apertures on the surface.
“Everything is tremendous. … It’s beautiful,” said Flores, whose team trains at Kezar twice a week. He expects his young athletes to notice a “big difference.”
“It’s totally glorious,” said Ginsburg. “It was a long time coming. This is a community asset used by high schools, middle schools, amateurs and competitive track clubs. It’s such a gorgeous facility and to give it a face lift is very meaningful.
“We’re all running around with some bounce in our steps.”