Old rubber finds new lease on life as PISE track

Tire Stewardship BC supplies grants to resurface playgrounds, sidewalks and trails through recycling program

  • Wed Sep 10th, 2014 9:00am
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It’s been six years since shovels first broke ground for the Pacific Institute of Sports Excellence.

At the time of the mega facility’s construction a running track was said to be coming soon after.

The four-lane, 400-metre track using recycled rubber.

Delayed until 2014, the track is currently being installed, made with recycled tire rubber from the Tire Stewardship BC organization and its Community Grant Program, which announced a $100,000 grant to PISE on Sept. 4. The Government of BC and PacificSport Victoria also contributed to the track’s costs.

Construction started ceremoniously during PISE’s 20th anniversary celebration of the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games on Aug. 23.

The new track will allow for increased training options for athletes and community members of all abilities, while showcasing PISE’s commitment to sustainability through their use of rubber made from recycled tires collected from across the province.

Tire Stewardship BC supplies grants to resurface playgrounds, sidewalks and trails, outdoor fitness parks, water parks, athletic tracks, and synthetic turf fields.

The Community Grant program is accepting applications until Dec. 31, dependent on funds.

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