Drainage along running tracks are always a point of discussion. In this post we are looking at the two most common options. The channel drain and the catch basin.
A channel drain is installed along the track edge often backfilled with concrete on both sides of the drain. This design allows for 100% exposed surface drainage along the track/grass interface. Below is an example from the new track and field complex at Indiana State University.
The catch basin is a larger exposed drain but only in certain locations of the playing surface. Often the soil is sloped in each direction towards the closet catch basin. Below is an example of a catch basin. As you can see, if a channel drain was installed all of the standing water from the snow melt would have been removed.
The catch basin option is more cost effective than a channel drain, but oftentimes does not move water as quickly.
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