Work has officially begun on a new track at Danbury High School.

Shortly after the final graduates received their diplomas, crews went to work ripping up the old track at Danbury High Stadium.

Danbury's Mayor Mark Boughton released a video message on social media, saying "it's important to get the new track completed and installed by the end of November so that it can be used for the next track season in the spring of 2020". Boughton also mentioned the $1.5 million investment into the athletic facility so that a new track could be installed.

Over the last month of the track season, certain track events that are always held at Danbury High School had to be moved to alternate locations due to the condition of the track. Danbury's Athletic Director, Chip Salvestrini, adds that certain lanes on the track have deteriorated to the point of being unsafe, so he is pleased to see the work starting.

Danbury track coach Robert Murray has had to juggle event schedules over the last few years, trying to keep as many as possible at home at the High School, but track conditions have made that difficult.

According to the Danbury High newspaper, the Hatters Herald, the old track was installed in 2002 and had a ten-year life span. So technically, it should have been replaced back in 2012 or 2013, however city planners didn't start exploring the idea for a new track until 2015 and 2016 when then the track was in need of serious repairs.