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DHS all-weather track headed in the right direction with donation

Donnie Nelson

Meter by meter, the dream of an all-weather track at Douglas High School is becoming a reality.

The Douglas All-Weather Track Committee, working in association with the Douglas High School All-Sports Boosters Club, received two sizeable donations last week, moving the grand contribution total to more than $19,000.

Donations were made by The Record-Courier’s Trick or Treat Street ($2,062), the Coventry Cross Thrift Shop ($1,500) and Winans Furniture ($500).

Several other businesses and individuals in the area have also made contributions, but the grand total is still less than 25 percent of the committee’s goal.

The committee is trying to raise $100,000, the unofficial amount needed to construct a partially new facility and put in a synthetic track surface around Keith Roman Field.

Al Davis, a sub-committee chairman for major fund raising, said some matching funds from government agencies could be allocated sometime in 1998, allowing construction of the project to begin.

“The all-weather track will significantly benefit Douglas High School, whose track and cross country athletes must now got to Carson or Reed to compete on championship surfaces,” Davis said. “Having the ability to conduct conference, zone and state meets at DHS will also greatly benefit local businesses who will attract the hundreds of family members and fans who would be in attendance. In addition to these obvious benefactors of the all-weather track at Douglas are the hundreds of local joggers and 5/10k enthusiasts who will be able to use this facility virtually all year. This track will truly benefit the whole Carson Valley and the county.”

The committee, which is comprised of several parents of local athletes, will embark on several innovative fund raising projects during the new year, according to Davis. The committee could, however, use additional energy and committed volunteers. Anyone interested in helping raise funds for the project is encouraged to attend the committee’s next meeting, scheduled for Jan. 12 at a site to be announced.

For more information, call committee chairman Ken Miller at 782-0857, Al Davis at 782-3452 or committee treasurer Ezra Larsen at 265-7215.

The committee set up a six-tier recognition system for different levels of giving, ranging from honorable mention status (a donation of $100 to $249) to national status ($5000). The other levels are: bronze medal ($250 to $499), silver medal ($500 to $999), gold medal ($1,000 to $2,499) and all-state ($2,500 or more). Names of people donating in one of these areas will have their name displayed at the facility.