The City of Nanaimo has announced that it will receive funding for the development of two new synthetic turf fields at Harewood Centennial Park.
Some of the funding will come from the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia through their infrastructure grants to support inclusive and resilient communities.
The new sod fields project is estimated to cost a total of $4,971,332, according to the City.
Nanaimo is expected to receive $750,737 in federal funding and $2,528,091 in provincial funding. The city adds that it will contribute $1,192,504 of its own funds to the project and that the Nanaimo Ladysmith School District will also contribute $500,000.
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The city says the need for additional artificial turf pitches has been identified as part of the Harewood Sports Fields Strategy and Centennial Park Improvement Plan.
The project will not only see the addition of two synthetic turf pitches, but will also include pitch lighting, covered benches for players and officials, areas for spectator seating and a score clock.
“The investment in Harewood Centennial Park over the past few years has made it a destination for everyone in our community. The addition of two artificial turf fields will further enhance this park while addressing the need for additional sports fields in Nanaimo,” said Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog.
Harewood Centennial Park has seen a host of upgrades over the past few years, including improved playgrounds, the construction of an indoor outdoor sports facility, and the construction of a skateboard park.
Nanaimo notes that the funding is welcome as demand for land has been extremely high, driven by a growing population and increased sports participation.
The project is still in the design phase, but construction is expected to begin in April 2023 and be completed by the end of August 2023.
More information on the The Harewood Centennial Park Improvement Plan is available online here.
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