Final Work on B-CC Track Delayed Until Spring
Team will continue to have away meets next season
Installation of a new track at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School has been delayed several months. The delay will force track and field athletes to have all “away” meets in the upcoming season for the fourth consecutive year.
The track closed in 2016, when construction began on a 34-classroom addition that increased the Bethesda school’s capacity to 2,400 students. The addition was completed in August 2018, but the track remained closed as construction crews worked to install a new artificial turf field.
The field, originally expected to be open for use by last spring, hit several delays and just opened in September.
In a letter to community members last month, MCPS Director of Department of Facilities Management Seth Adams wrote that because there are certain weather conditions determining when the track’s surface material must be installed, “we will wait until late spring to begin the final installation.”
MCPS will temporarily “line the asphalt surface to allow for practices, training and physical education classes,” but the temporary lining will not be suitable for track competitions.
A school system spokesman did not respond when asked for more details about how the track installation delay would impact the high school’s track season.