Given the controversy in some circles about Davis School Board’s decision to renovate the Davis High School Stadium, the Vanguard decided to tour the facility and photograph it to view it first hand and to show the community. To be very frank, the stadium is not in good condition. To illustrate the point, at one point while taking pictures, I nearly broke my ankle on uneven ground. I certainly would be reluctant to have my child use the track although at the time, there were probably several dozen elementary school children using the track for National Fitness Testing, to illustrate that this is not simply a high school football facility.
The first two pictures demonstrate the condition of the tracks after a moderate but not excessive amount of rain. There were portions of the track that were completely muddy. Once these ruts dry, they become hard and uneven grooves. This is just not a great surface. The plan calls for a completely new surface and to expand it from the current five lanes to eight lanes to better accomodate track meets.
Here is a child running on the track. The mother was there and gave permission to photograph him. I would have been a bit reluctant to allow my children to run on this surface. Incidentally that child is probably half a track ahead of the rest of his group of runners, college recruiters might want to take note.
The restrooms are not ADA compliant. This is another case where as soon as they upgrade the facility, the new ADA standards will kick in.
The scoreboard is not great condition and apparently does not work all the time. They want to bring in a new score board and move it from this location to a location where the other fields can utilize it as well. The Vanguard has been brought to you today by…
That brings us to the bleachers which in my mind are fairly appalling.
You’ll notice part of the sign says ramp accessible, in a moment I’ll show you where you get to sit if you are unfortunate enough to be in a wheel chair.
Meanwhile you can see what the bleachers look like, notice there are no rows in the bleachers to walk up.
They are not easy to walk up for anyone older than 12.
And they are not in great shape either. Don’t worry, they don’t need to wait for the new funding to repair this, but it does illustrate the overall condition of the stands.
I mentioned where you get to sit if you are in a wheel chair… here you go…
At least it’s painted nicely.
Actually the stands are an improvement over the press box, if you happen to be disabled.
I actually don’t think this picture does justice to just how ugly this press box is, although you do get a sense for it. It’s a monstrocity.
And don’t even think about it if you are not a perfectly fit person.
That brings us to the condition of the field itself which is not great.
That would be about the twenty yardline if it were striped for football. The entire field pretty much was a muddy mess. And yes, it rained, but not exactly a monsoon.
There is nothing actually wrong with the lights except that they are going to have to move them when they widen the field. So might as well replace them, they’ll need it at some point.
My overall impression is that the entire field is a safety hazard to players, athletes, students, and the public alike. This is a facility that could be utilized by the public for recreation and running. Not only is it a safety hazard, it is an eyesore. It just does not look up to the standards of this community. The bottom line is that the district faces real liability. I was joking with the facilities person that they should have made me sign a waiver of liability release before I toured the facilities. Meanwhile a several dozen elementary school age children are running on the track. The funding source is available, we ought to utlize it and fix this facility once and for all.
—David M. Greenwald reporting