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History

1958

East Newton Street Armory, home to city track meets is taken.

1958

Discussions begin for the new school track facility with the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association (MSTCA)

1962 Representative Harold Rosen of Dedham files first bill calling for Metropolitan District Council (MDC) to construct track facility.
1964 No.395 passes House of Representatives calling for a school track facility at Cleveland Circle.
1966 Boston Architectural firm says $1.3 million school track facility will be ready by 1968.  It will be dedicated as the John A. Ryder Memorial Track named in honor of the late Boston College track coach.
1970 Bill instructing MDC to build a $3 million track facility passes both branches of legislature and is sent to Governor Francis Sargent.
1972 agrees to construct track at Neponset site.
1974 House of Representative, in capital outlay budget, approves $2.3 million for purchase of land at Neponset.  It also approves $3,987,000 for school track facility, park and recreational facilities, bicycle paths, and boat and canoe launchings.
1974 Governor Sargent, calling his announcement a “victory night for the young people of Boston,” says construction of the track facility will begin in March 1975.
1975

On Dec. 30, MDC announces plans for massive athletic complex at Neponset.  Governor Michael Dukakis says, “I remember the debate on this way back in the early 1960’s.  It was needed then and it is needed now, and I’m delighted that after all these years we’re finally going to be able to go ahead with it.”

1976

Unless there is an additional $1.4 million, the school track project could be in danger of falling through.

1977 Neponset residents drop objections to facility because they are promised new MDC hockey rink.
1978

Representative John Finnegan of Dorchester plans to go to court to block construction of a $7.4 million track, accusing Governor Dukakis of “breaking faith” with the legislature and community by directing the legislature to go ahead with the project.

1979 Representative Finnegan, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee introduces an amendment that strikes school track facility from Neponset site.  The amendment is approved.
1980 Finnegan begins discussions with Northeastern University.  With state aid, the University could build a facility that would house the track.
1983 Northeastern students vote by more that 9-1 margin to pay activities fee to help build the athletic complex on campus.  Objections by Redevelopment Authority and MBTA stall project.
1985 Interest in track received, with State Representatives Joe DeNucci and Kevin Fitzgerald spear heading the drive at the Stat House.
1986 Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn gets BRA to approve garage on Parcel 117X.  The track will be located next to the garage.
1987

Governor Dukakis announces plans for track in conjunction with Northeastern University at Parcel 17X on Columbus Avenue.

1987

In November, Governor Dukakis files construction for track.

1988 January 5, 16 minutes before final session of Legislature, $35 million is appropriated for facility.
1988

On July 16, Legislature approves construction of the project by the turnkey method.

1989

Project goes out for bid, but is stalled.

1990

On April 4, project goes out for bid and draws six development teams.

1990 On Nov. 21, State Division of Capital Planning and Operations (DCPO) selects the Beacon Companies/Jung Brenner as the development team.
1991

Agreement with Northeastern finalized.

1991

Governor William Weld indicates he will not authorize construction of track at Northeastern.

1992

Governor Weld and Speaker of the House Charles Flaherty file bill for $17 million track at Roxbury Community College.  Bill passes House and Senate by July and Governor Weld signs it into law.  Three sites are chosen but all are inadequate.

1992 Mayor Flynn and BRA director Paul Barrett sell city Parcel, located at New Dudley and Tremont Streets, to State.  In December, BRA votes to hand over parcels to the state.
1993

Groundbreaking for track

1995

Track completed.