Nanaimo’s baseball stadium has turned out to be a real fixer-upper project, and the city’s costs have gone up another $150,000.
The City of Nanaimo’s finance and audit committee, at a meeting Wednesday, Oct. 20, was advised about the added costs that were encountered during facility maintenance and upgrade work.
“As we started to dig into the old paint and such at the stadium, we came up with some extra abatement costs,” said Richard Harding, general manager of parks, recreation and culture.
However, staff has identified surplus funds elsewhere in the budget from a project completed earlier this year, so no additional spending needed to be approved. The $150,000 will include contract work, site prep and co-ordination, according to a staff report.
The finance and audit committee also approved $59,100 in added maintenance costs at Serauxmen Stadium last winter and announced a $1.2-million fencing rebuild project there in the spring.
The venue will be home field of the Nanaimo NightOwls, an expansion West Coast League baseball team, starting in 2022. It is also a home park for university, high school, men’s league and minor baseball.