Runners might want to head to Worthingway Middle School to try out the community's newest track.

Runners might want to head to Worthingway Middle School to try out the community's newest track.

The regulation-size, quarter-mile track and football field were dedicated Oct. 4 with a short ceremony at the school.

Although the new athletics and recreation facility was built for the school, residents also are expected to put the track to good use.

"It is something we all own as a community," Worthingway principal Nathan Kellenberger said.

He said the new facilities are a source of great pride among the students, who gathered for the dedication.

After Superintendent Thomas Tucker cut the ribbon, students poured onto the track to walk laps. Later that day, the combined Worthingway/ Kilbourne Middle School football team hosted its first home game on the new field.

With the regulation track and field facilities, the schools also will be able to host track meets, athletics director Bill Mosca said. That was difficult in the past. The old track was only one-fifth mile.

The new six-lane polyurethane track is more conducive to meets and is better for the many community members who run at the school, he said.

The old football field was farther from the school and didn't get much use by students. The new facility required moving a paved play area to another part of the school site and rebuilding a viewing pavilion between the building and the track.

"We took advantage of the small amount of space we had to work with," said Tim Gehring, the school district's facilities manager.

The new irrigated field includes a new scoreboard and flagpole.

The facilities are similar to those at McCord Middle School, bringing parity to the middle schools on the east and west sides of the district.

The Worthingway track and field's cost was $755,000. It was one of the last projects to be funded by the 2006 bond issue, Gehring said.

Trucco Construction was the contractor for the project. The Edge Group was the landscape architect.