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Clement Track to have blue hue

By Don Fennell

Published 1:05 PDT, Mon July 22, 2019

A popular feature at Minoru Park is temporarily out of bounds.

A popular feature at Minoru Park is temporarily out of bounds.

Clement Track is closed until perhaps as late as Aug. 30 for resurfacing.

As a result, the sports field surrounded by the track (Minoru Oval) will also be off-limits.

Workers are installing a new rubber surface that can only be applied during dry weather conditions.

The new track will be blue versus the existing burnt orange colour.

“Blue is the primary colour of the track resurfacing, with grey being the transition zones for the 4x100m section,” explains Clay Adams, director, corporate communications and marketing for the City of Richmond.

Turns out the color choice is trending. Adams notes blue was also the colour of the track at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro and is also a popular choice at other word venues.

“It’s also reflective of the Richmond (Kajaks) Track and Field Club’s colours—blue and orange.”

Clement Track, named in honour of local track and field pioneers and former Canadian Olympians Dr. Doug and Diane Clement, who in 1961 started the Kajaks, was last resurfaced in 1997.

The track is popular with local athletes as well as the community as a whole. Walking around the track is a popular evening activity with local residents.

The track will also get optimum use as an activity site during the B.C. 55+ Games which Richmond is hosting in 2020.

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