BEVERLY - Fort Frye has featured an asphalt track for many years.
Thanks to on-going fundraising projects and the efforts of many, many people in the community for the past six years, an all-weather surface is in place.
The striping was finished Tuesday, making an all-weather surface track a long-sought reality at the Beverly-based high school.
"They started working at the facility a couple of weeks ago, and the fencing should be done Friday," said Fort Frye boys and girls track and field coach Bobbi Webb.
They, being Hieberger Paving of Canal Winchester. The fencing is being installed by Babcock Fencing in Lowell, Webb said.
The track, though, is ready for use, now.
"We're hoping the all-weather surface will reduce injuries and allow us to have more home track meets next season," Webb said.
Webb said most of the monies for the all-weather surface track came from the annual spring Walk-a-Thon at the high school.
"The biggest fundraiser was the Walk-a-Thon, which has been held the last four years," Webb said. "During this event, many people in the community ran on the inside lane of the (asphalt) track. The (Cadet) athletes, who had individual sponsors ran on the outside lane. There would be music playing and all of this lasted an hour. It was a fun time for everybody in the community who participated."
Some of the other financial donors to the project included St. John Church of Lowell, Fort Frye Athletic Boosters, Battle at the Fort, Fund the Fort, and the Beverly/Waterford Chamber of Commerce.
"The Board of Education has also been very supportive, and assisted with the project," Webb said. "Stephens-Mathews Marketing sponsored many of the kids in the Walk-a-Thon, and Rainbow International did a lot of volunteer work on the track. Overall, there were many local businesses and community members who donated money and volunteered their time to help with the project.
While the Fort Frye track and field season isn't until the spring of 2013, an Open House and Alumni Track Meet is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, Aug. 9, Webb said.
"This is also the school's fall sports meet the team night," the Cadet coach continued, "which starts at 6:30 p.m. But any Fort Frye track alumni are welcome to compete in the meet which will be held afterwards."
Registration for the alumni track meet will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Frye football stadium. The scheduled events will be the shot put, discus, long jump, 100, 200, 800, 1600 and 4x1 relay. For more information, contact Webb at (740) 525-1751.
In addition, there will be a 50-meter fun race for children, 11-and-under only.
"There is no fee," Webb said. "This is for fun.
"In the past, many people in the community have enjoyed the track every day, and we're hoping they'll continue to use the facility."