Public access to Landis Field to be discussed June 24

It’s possible the stadium could be locked for the second time since last September.

By Bill Bostic

Anyone who uses the track at Landis Field to walk and jog should consider attending the Central Dauphin School Board meeting on Monday, June 24 at 7 p.m. in the lecture hall at Central Dauphin East High School.

The board tentatively is slated to discuss whether to continue allowing the public to use the track or to cut off access again because too many unauthorized people are getting on the turf field.

School employees reported last week that security camera video shows youth regularly straying from the track onto the athletic field.

School board president Ford Thompson said there’s a sign located just inside the turnstile entrance to the stadium that asks the public to stay off the athletic field.

Thompson and other school board members are concerned that unauthorized use of the turf field could result in damage to the artificial surface. The district recently spent $800,000 to a $1 million on repairs and upgrades to the stadium.

The school district’s administration closed public access to the track last September after an athletic director reported vandalism, damaged restrooms, and unauthorized use by athletic trainers who on occasions brought heavy equipment onto the field.

The school board voted to reopen the turnstile entrance on a trial basis starting April 8 so the public could once again use the track.

School board member Billy Roberts asked the administration to compile a list prior to the next meeting of school facilities other than Landis Field where the public can use a track.

Scott Udit, the district’s director of buildings and grounds, said he would research the possibility of using a keycard system to control access to Landis Field. He did not know the cost of purchasing and installing a system.

The board’s building and grounds committee is expected to discuss Landis Field and make recommendations to the full board on June 24.