Go Corvallis - About CCEC
Corvallis School district serves over 6000 people with a school population of 1400 students. The Corvallis High School has graduated over 600 students in the past 5 years. The previous football field and track and field facilities were developed in the early 1980’s. Over time, the 8 lane track was reduced to 4 usable lanes. Due to the surface it could only be used for Junior High School track meets. The track was not regulation length and hence no High School meets were held locally and no times from this track were official.
Likewise the football field in the center of the track oval was in serious need of reconstruction. It was not appropriately crowned, lacked an in-ground irrigation system, and the poor grass and potholes contributed to a risk of injury each time it was used. Soccer fields were in similar poor condition, with unpredictable behavior of the ball and significant risk of injury due to the uneven surface.
Before the CCEC project there was no all weather track facility in the Bitterroot Valley. The closest quality track and field facility is in Missoula, MT. Missoula is 15 miles from the nearest valley school and 65 miles from furthest. The Missoula facility is used by all the Missoula Schools and many of the surrounding schools outside the Bitterroot Valley use it as well.
In July of 2001, The Corvallis School Board adopted a goal to establish a long term site plan which included a quality track facility. The Board asked a group of local volunteers to head up the task of raising non-tax funds for this project. Initially these volunteers were members of the Corvallis Schools Boosters Club. Over the next several months, the volunteers in cooperation with the School Board began to plan an athletic complex that would address the needs of the school and possibly other schools in the valley. Approximately 30 acres of school district land were set aside for this project. In order to show progress in incremental stages, the project was divided into two separate phases.