For as long as many can remember, the track at Laguna Beach High School has been open to the public, even during school hours. But that changed six months ago when the board of education voted to end the public use of school grounds during instructional hours, citing safety concerns.
At Tuesday's school board meeting, about 10 people spoke against the closure, citing health and emotional reasons, as well as the need for the community to congregate.
"I've relied on that track for 14 years as a part of my training," said runner Leslie Lebon. "I don't quite understand the safety issues."
Other speakers noted that the rubber track was good for their joints and that there weren't any other facilities like it in the area.
"I propose to the board that you get the item back on the agenda," Peter Navarro said. "I don't think there was enough community input."