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 was 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 advances 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, is 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 old track’s aging surface was overdue for replacement, and the unusual configuration complicated the hosting of events and competitions. The new track has a standard configuration with a single finish line, and the high-performance surface helps protect athletes from injury. It brings running and throwing events together, no longer relegating throwing practices and competitions to a separate campus location.
Close the Loop: Lastly, the relocation allows 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 complete and the track was ready for the spring 2021 track and field season!