Report by Paula Antolini, January 4, 2020, 7:08PM EDT
The beautiful new Bethel Track and Field Center held its Open House for the public on January 1, 2020. The facility will be open to Bethel students and also for limited hours to Bethel residents, following specific rules.
To be eligible for access to the new Bethel Track and Field Facility you must be a Bethel resident, 18 years or older, and pay the annual $25 fee.
The open hours to the public will be Mon-Fri from 6:00 AM-7:00 AM, and Saturdays/Sundays from 12:00 PM -2:00 PM.
The building will be closed on April 12th, July 4th, September 7th, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The building will operate on the school schedule for cancellations and delays.
According to the registration application, the rules you must agree to in order to use the facility are as follows:
“I agree to adhere to the following Bethel Track and Field Facility Rules: 1) Athletic shoes must be worn at all times 2) Entry key is non-transferable 3) No bags including pocketbooks allowed 4) No Food or Drink 5) Reusable water containers only 6) No guests or children under 18 allowed inside the building 7) Entry into the building will be through the BHS upper parking lot. 8) To replace a lost ID card a member will be charged a $25 replacement fee. Public will have access only to the second floor of the facility. Failure to adhere to these rules will result in loss of membership.”
“BETHEL TRACK AND FIELD CENTER RELEASE, WAIVER OF LIABILITY, AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT In consideration of being permitted to utilize the facilities, services and programs of the Bethel Track and Field Center (“Center”) for any purpose, including, but not limited to observation or use of the facilities or equipment, I, for myself and any personal representatives, heirs, and next of kin, hereby acknowledge and agree as follows: I am a resident of Bethel, Connecticut, and I am over the age of eighteen. I will visit the Center only during the Center’s public hours, and my use of the Center is restricted to the Center’s track. I will not allow any guests or minor children to accompany me when I visit the Center, nor will I allow anyone else to use my facility pass to gain access to the Center. I have read and agree to abide by all rules and regulations that the Center provides on the BHS Track and Field Center Public Registration Form or posts in the facility. I understand that failure to observe these policies will result in termination of usage privileges. I understand that participating in the use of the facilities, services and equipment at the Center involves risk of property damage and bodily injury, including serious bodily injury, paralysis, or even death. I understand that the risks may be a consequence not only of my own acts or omissions but also of the actions or negligence of the Town of Bethel and/or the Bethel Board of Education (including their staff, employees, agents, and representatives), other Center members, independent contractors or third parties, and/or athletic equipment. I further acknowledge that it is up to me to consult physicians and other professionals to make sure that I can safely participate in activities and events at the Center. I fully understand and agree to assume all risks, inherent or otherwise, whether or not described above, that are part of using the Center’s facilities, services, and equipment. With full understanding of the above-defined risks and any other risks inherent in using the Center’s facilities and equipment, I HEREBY RELEASE, HOLD HARMLESS, AND AGREE TO INDEMNIFY THE TOWN OF BETHEL, THE BETHEL BOARD OF EDUCATION, THE CENTER, AND THEIR OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, VOLUNTEERS, AND/OR OTHER REPRESENTATIVES (“RELEASED PARTIES”) FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, LIABILITY, LOSS, DAMAGES OR RIGHTS OF ACTION RESULTING FROM MY PARTICIPATION IN ANY PROGRAMS OR USE OF THE CENTER. I further agree to reimburse any reasonable attorney’s fees and costs that may be incurred by any of the Released Parties in the defense of any such liability claim, demand, or cause of action. In the event that I file a cause of action, I agree to do so solely in the state of Connecticut, and further agree that the substantive law of Connecticut will apply to any such claims. I further expressly agree that this RELEASE, WAIVER OF LIABILITY, AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by the law of the State of Connecticut and that if any portion is held invalid, the balance shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect. I HAVE READ, FULLY UNDERSTAND, AND VOLUNTARILY SIGN THIS RELEASE, WAIVER OF LIABILITY, AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.”