By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeffry Willadsen, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest
EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) – Naval Station Everett (NSE) held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new track and field on NSE May 20.
Capt. Michael Coury, commanding officer Naval Station Everett (NSE), and DoD civilians involved in the planning and implementation of the project, participated in the ceremony, starting the construction on the new outdoor fitness area.
“It was an idea that was actually proposed a long time ago … now we finally have reached that point where we are ready to break down and start construction,” said Coury. “I appreciate all the effort into making this happen.”
The fitness area will have a multi-purpose field composed of artificial turf with lights and a scoreboard and be striped for soccer and flag football, and surrounding the field will be a 400-meter long track with six running lanes.
This new outdoor fitness area is designed to provide a safe place for NSE Sailors to exercise and perform Physical Fitness Assessments (PFA) and will be the first running track to be located on NSE.
With no track on base, Sailors were required to run their PFAs using a course on NSE’s sidewalks, which crosses multiple lanes of traffic. This potential safety concern was one of the primary reasons for building the track.
“This will be a great addition for this base,” said Coury. “I think having this type of field, in this location, is going to certainly improve the quality of life for the Sailors.”
Lt. jg. Jesse D. Giordano, NSE assistant public works officer, spent many months preparing the project to be taken on by civilian contractors.
“It’s been really awesome for me to see it through,” said Giordano. “It’ll be really exciting to come back in the fall and do the ribbon cutting.”
The track and multi-purpose field is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2013.