Updated: October 08, 2019 07:40 PM
Created: October 08, 2019 03:47 PM
(ABC 6 News) - A group of runners held a meet and fundraiser on the track of Soldiers Field Park Tuesday night.
It could be the last event held on the 91-year-old cinder track before any changes are made.
The Rochester Parks and Recreation Board announced the track would be paved with asphalt earlier this year after it experienced a lack of maintenance and drainage problems over time. Members of the Save the Track group argued it could cause injury and discomfort and proposed a different material similar to what is found in a baseball field.
The board went through with the group's proposal in August. Now the group wants to make sure all funding goes through with the project.
Cindy Morgan, an organizer for the group, said the money raised will go toward any potential additional expenses for the design. She said the group's design will help meet the running community's needs and the park's desire to expand the space for multiple uses.
The park department agreed to put in $295,000 for the project.
The group design is out for bids. If accepted, construction could start later this fall and finish by June 2020.
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