New field proposed for Packham
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Jan 22, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

New field proposed for Packham

Stratford Gazette

Chet Greason

Stratford Soccer Association (SSA) is pitching a new, artificial turf field for the Packham Road Sports Complex.

SSA’s Graham Bunting explained at a recent Community Services subcommittee meeting that the new field would be full-sized and would replace  grass pitches numbers two and six.

He said they wouldn’t be losing a field with the change.

“We’d actually be gaining a field. The new field would be three times more usable,” he said.

Due to the artificial turf, the new field would be able to host three games per night.

The artificial turf would also not need weeding, cutting, or other regular maintenance. Bunting said it could also facilitate non-soccer usage, although nothing that would require tent pegs.

In addition to the new field, SSA is hoping to build a covered pavilion area, bleachers, lights, a shed, washrooms, change rooms, a children’s playground area, and a picnic area that could be converted to an outdoor skating rink in the winter. It is also hoping to plant an additional 100 trees in the area and construct walking and bike paths that could also be used as cross-country ski trails.

In total, the project is estimated to cost $1.5 million, with the artificial turf itself counting for $550,000 of the total price.

Bunting explained the Rotary Club has already expressed interest in donating $150,000 towards additional land purchases in exchange for naming rights. Other corporate sponsors and in-kind contributors are being sought, although no agreements have yet been reached.

Bunting hopes the changes could be underway by 2015 at the earliest.

“It would not just be a feather in our cap, but the city’s as well,” he noted.

Director of Community Services, David St. Louis, suggested the subcommittee refer the project to staff so they could put a plan together, including possible savings and maintenance costs.

“I don’t think we’d have any problems supporting it,” said Coun. Paul Nickel.

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