Call it the home stretch of the Ripon Community Athletic Foundation’s seven-year effort of renovating the facilities at Ripon High.
The all-weather track is currently being installed by California Track and Engineering Inc. The Fresno-based company is expected to add the finishing touches – the marking of the lanes, according to RCAF President Stephanie Hobbs – by the weekend.
A celebration of the revitalization of the Ripon High Stadium is planned for next month. Included is a ribbon-cutting event on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m., recognizing the $1.5 million of donated and installed improvements, from the new track, to the unveiling of the Donor Wall replica.
The first 1,000 in attendance will get a free cupcake from the Cupcake Lady.
“This will be the pinnacle of the past seven years,” Hobbs said on Monday.
The RHS revitalization project kicked off in 2007 as a grass-root effort involving a group with like-minded aspirations. Included were Stephanie and Vince Hobbs.
He’s a firefighter in Hayward, and has been juggling his time between work and the RHS track.
“There’s times when he’ll go straight there from work,” said Stephanie Hobbs. “I’ll come by to bring him breakfast.”
He also helped supervise many of the young volunteers who put their time and effort in to rake, shovel rocks and pressure wash the track.
Work began shortly after RHS graduation.
Rocklin R Grading and Excavation Inc. handled the track construction, excavating dirt and hauling off loads to a River Road location.
Cal Crush delivered 1,600 tons of donated road-base materials while Knife River Corporation put in the asphalt.
For more information the stadium celebration, call 209.599.6861 or log on to www.rcafsite.com.