Each of the more than 130 acres of land upon which generations of Episcopal students have lived, learned, created, and competed together is a treasured and invaluable asset.A Necessary Move:
With the opportunity to strengthen our mission through the construction of new residential life and health and wellness facilities, the School — in a remarkable echo of the decades-old plan from 1984 — identified a section of Laird Acres as the ideal site for a new track and playing field. The construction of this track is the first step in clearing a path forward for the other vital aspects of the Campus Master Plan.A New Multipurpose Field:
Episcopal’s athletics program has garnered a strong reputation, and this new facility will advance that tradition of excellence for years to come. For the School’s five soccer teams, the new field will provide an inspiring venue and ensure adequate space on busy practice and game days. The natural grass pitch, with an advanced drainage system, will be a safe and reliable surface and a tremendous advantage to every athlete who plays on it.
Building the Space:
Track & Field Impact: For our track athletes, the current track’s aging surface is overdue for replacement, and the unusual configuration complicates the hosting of events and competitions. The new track will have a standard configuration with a single finish line, and the high-performance surface will help protect them from injury. It will bring running and throwing events together, no longer relegating throwing practices and competitions to a separate campus location.
Close the Loop: Lastly, the relocation will allow the completion of a longstanding goal: completing the vehicular circle that surrounds the main school grounds, which will help — especially around special events and busy days — minimize traffic flow issues and increase pedestrian safety.
Construction and landscaping are nearly complete and will be ready for the spring 2021 track and field season.