Ribbon-cutting for new track and field facility

Event: Grand Opening for Mammoth Lakes Track and Field
When: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at noon
Where: Whitmore Regional Park

Mammoth Lakes will celebrate the grand opening of the new track & field facility at Whitmore Park. A brief program will precede the ribbon-cutting event that will be followed by an inaugural lap around the new facility.

EVERYONE IS INVITED. Light refreshments will be served after the program.

For the past 5 years, the High Sierra Striders, Mammoth’s local running club, has led the effort to bring a 9-lane, high-performance, all-weather polyurethane running track and top-notch synthetic turf infield (for football and soccer) to the communities of the Eastern Sierra. Construction of the project, managed by the Town of Mammoth Lakes, began on July 9 and will conclude this November. The new facility will be operated by the Town and will be open to all throughout the year as weather permits.

It will also be announced that the High Sierra Striders, a local organization promoting health and fitness through running for the past 7 years, is merging with the Mammoth Track Club, the professional running club that has produced numerous exceptional elite athletes who represent the US in the Olympics and other championships on the world stage. Operating under the Mammoth Track Club name, the newly merged organization’s goal is to create the ideal high-altitude training center in Mammoth Lakes while supporting athletic and academic achievement, developing athleticism and promoting health and fitness through running for athletes of all ages (youth through masters) and all abilities (recreational and elite).

Following this week’s ribbon-cutting, more construction will take place before full opening of the facility.


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17 Responses to Ribbon-cutting for new track and field facility

  1. Mark November 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    A brief program will precede the ribbon-cutting event that will be followed by an inaugural lap around the new facility.

    After the inaugural lap everyone was asked to leave, the gates were locked and the facility closed due to lack of funding

  2. Rock of Ages November 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    Yea!!! We built another facility and proceeded to engage in plans to fire the person left to maintain it! Yea!!! We used more taxpayer dollars to build sidewalks and have to keep them closed during the the months that travel is treacherous! Yea!!! We got a great trail system built and an ice rink built at a huge taxpayer expense and proceeded to get rid of the very people that could keep these amenitities functioning. COME ON!!
    You created the monster…have the sack to draw the hard line on the entitlements. The city’s primary function is to supply basic services. At it’s core, this is public safety/roads, in our community. Tourism, transit, and housing are all interconnected to promote the the bottom dollar of the business community. Cheap labor. Using your money!!! Can’t everybody see the political connection?

  3. Local Citizen November 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Why all the way out at Whitmore?…so we will build a new track field but close the shelter for animals out there…

    • Benett Kessler November 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

      Mono County has agreed to pay to keep the animal shelter open, even without Mammoth’s share of the payment.

    • Bill November 15, 2012 at 9:23 am #

      As a local, you would understand the lack of open space suitable for a track facility in the town of Mammoth Lakes…?

      Whitmore is also a great location w/ less snow and more sun throughout the year…

  4. Bill November 15, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    A fantastic project, one that we can all be proud of!!!!

    This project was quietly getting planned, funded, and constructed, in an era of angst, anxiety and vitriolic toxicity in our local community.

    All the negative BS that’s gone on this past year – this is a nice respite.

    Who will be the next Olympic runner to call Mammoth Lakes and the Eastern Sierra home?

    • Ken Warner November 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

      Having a track and field facility in Mammoth Lakes is a great idea. The problem is that this track and field facility is not in Mammoth Lakes.

      A track and field facility could have been an attractor for our Cerro Coso Community College but now it won’t be. And someday, Cerro Coso will have to duplicate that facility to become one of the core elements of Mammoth Lakes that it must become.

      Further, the Whitmore facility will cost about $5.00 round trip just to drive plus the half-hour or more driving time to get there making it basically inaccessible to many people who would like to use it sometime during their busy day. Adding up the cost of driving and the cost in time makes the long term costs of the Whitmore facility much, much greater than the capital investment.

      I understand that there is marginally better weather at the Whitmore site but the difference overall is not a greater benefit than the cost of having it 10 miles away from town. And it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to find a place in Mammoth Lakes that could site a track and field facility.

      And don’t say I should have said something earlier. I outlined all this two or three years ago when the intention to build this facility was first announced.

    • President Bush November 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

      we can all be proud of? Try thinking critically Bill.
      A nice respite? LOL!!! You’ve got to be kidding!

      • Bill November 19, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

        To the President Bush, funny, the words “thinking critically” and President Bush in the same posting.

        And to Mr. Warner, of course it’s easy to say the track should’ve been built at Cerro Coso – but was that even possible or feasible? Is there even suitable land out there? Private land? Federal Land?

        I’m just tired of anything and everything that gets done in Mammoth these days is met with such criticism and whining. This place has become a real downer full of really unhappy stuffedcases.

        How about listening to the people who actually got this project completed and why they chose that location, before jumping all over the completed project that we should all be proud of.

        • Benett Kessler November 20, 2012 at 9:26 am #

          Thank you, Bill.
          Benett Kessler

        • Consider the source November 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm #


          You, too have noticed the non-stop negativity and unhappiness.

          This is what happens to people when they get their news and opinions from the likes of Rush Limbaugh 3 straight hours a day, 5 days a week and reruns on weekends. Same unhappy attitude from listening to “the only true and reliable news source in America” the Fox News Network.

          These people will NEVER find anything positive to dwell on. Ever seen any Tea Party conventions? There’s a ton of them captured as they are on Youtube.

          Sad, sad people indeed. And life is clearly passing them by as they get their next dose of Limbaugh or Fox.

          • Tourbillon November 20, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

            Dear Consider, perhaps you might remove your ideological blinders long enough to recognize that you are fomenting hate and divisiveness, i.e., that “non-stop negativity and unhappiness” you despise. It is possible for people to disagree with you politically and still want to move forward as a community. Look in the mirror. You, sir, are not the solution. You are part of the problem.

          • Neocons are Downers November 21, 2012 at 7:15 am #

            You got that RIGHT.
            Today’s so-called Conservatives are downers.
            Gloom-and Doomers to the max.
            But the good news is, most of them are aging now, and sooner or later will die off leaving a more open-minded and liberal group for the future.

  5. mammothlocal November 15, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    I think this track is a complete waster of time and money. Once again we have built something for the running “visitors.” How many “locals” will be driving down to Whitmore on a daily basis to run on a track that will be covered with snow. I would prefer the time and money be put into keeping our new trail system cleared.

    • President Bush November 19, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

      or… how about opening a “track” that has already been built???


  6. Mark November 16, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    TOML clearly has some priority issues

  7. MJA November 17, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    For the money they are planning to pay Ballas and his friends they could have built the Coloseum.



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