A £1.5M athletics track and pavilion that will be home to Halton and Frodsham Harriers is set for an official opening this spring.
It forms part of a new mini sports “village” at Widnes’ Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Sports College and Wade Deacon High School.
Managerial responsibility for the track has already passed to Wade Deacon with a handover of keys.
Harriers will regularly use the track and its facilities for coaching and training and work with schools and the borough’s sports development team to increase the profile of athletics.
Thousands of children and other athletes from the borough and beyond are set to make the complex one of the region’s most well-used sports facilities.
Halton council leader Tony McDermott said: “This campus is part of a wider council vision, promoting sport and healthier lifestyles which was agreed in partnership with the local sporting and education communities.”
The athletics centre includes a six-lane floodlit running track, changing facilities, clubhouse/meeting room, plus shot put and long jump areas.
The site can also host athletics competitions and the grassed infield area should be available for hire as a show pitch for football and rugby finals from summer 2008.
An agreement governing use of the facilities means any income will be reinvested in the site and access.
For further details of facilities available for community use, contact Wade Deacon HS on 0151 423 2721 or Sts Peter and Paul Catholic College on 0151 424 2139.
Anyone interested in athletics participation or volunteering for coaching is asked to contact Bill Smith of Halton & Frodsham Harriers on 01928 712387.