DSBN to Add Three Synthetic Track and Field Facilities to the Roster

May 25, 2023

We are once again adding to our team of upgraded athletic facilities. Laura Secord, Eastdale, and Eden secondary schools will be the latest additions to the synthetic tracks and turf fields installed across the DSBN. 

To support the construction, DSBN has allocated approximately $3 million for each new location. These three schools will also be receiving beautiful new bleachers and lighting, with other details to come. 

“These facilities have tremendous value for students and families, and really, for everyone in the community,” said Sue Barnett, Chair of the Board. “They are state-of-the-art, they are more sustainable, more resilient to wear and tear than grass fields, and they can be enjoyed for many years to come. These are the investments that improve our schools and communities and are the investments we will continue to make.”

“We have prioritized building these facilities because we know the immense benefits they have for students. Athletics and activity are both incredibly important parts of education, and quality facilities can help enhance a love for sports and for being active. These new tracks and fields can be used for all kinds of sports, as well as for different games, events, and lots of physical education classes among secondary and elementary students,” said Warren Hoshizaki, DSBN Director of Education.

“I’m confident our Board will continue taking action to support DSBN students by building first-rate facilities for them to enjoy and benefit from,” Hoshizaki added. 

Valuable advantages of synthetic tracks and turf fields include allowing more students to use it at the same time due to consistent field conditions, extending overall use of the fields earlier into the spring and later into the fall, and being much more accessible to students with special or specific needs. 

A date for when the new tracks and fields at Laura Secord, Eastdale, and Eden will be completed is still to be announced. Adding these three modern facilities will bring the total number of synthetic tracks and turf fields installed at DSBN secondary schools in the last decade up to 13.