Track Gates Closing because of Misuse of the Track
We at Par Track are very keen to see the whole site being used more, and for new sports, but not to be abused and vandalised.
We are all very shocked to learn that last night, someone decided to ride their motorbike around the running track, before racing away when someone approached. It means that we are now having to lock the gates again. The few spoiling things for the many.
For the past two years we have very successfully introduced cycling onto the track, with many people enjoying a safe place to train, and many kids having first taken their stabilisers off at Par Track. It has been careful, and always supervised, and with a close eye kept to protect the surface of the track.
The track cost £300,000 to resurface when the community first took over Par Track, and is one of only two competition-grade tracks in Cornwall. It will need at least that much to resurface again when the time comes, and that time comes a lot sooner if people do stupid things like ride motorbikes on it. We are a charity, dependent upon the commitment of the community to fund the operation of the site. If the track wears through and needs redone, before we have been able to put aside enough money to repair it, then the track closes. Maybe for good.
There are lot of athletes who need the track to be able to train, and who suffer when it has to be closed. To try and manage COVID19 risk, we had left the gates open, so no-one had to touch anything. Many people have benefited from this, and we are grateful to everyone that has bought their monthly Track Pass, and used the site responsibly. And we apologise to everyone, that we now have to lock the gates again, and only open them when our outdoor classes are on, during café opening hours of 10-3pm, and when there are scheduled Athletic Club training sessions.
Whoever did this, not only affects everyone’s ability to enjoy the track, but risks the surface of the track and our ability to repair it and keep the track in existence in the long run. If anyone knows who did this, maybe the police, to whom it has been reported, would be keen to hear more details.
To everyone else, sorry…