An artist’s rendering of what an artificial turf complex might look like at Harewood Centennial Park’s Sherry Fields. (City of Nanaimo image)

An artist’s rendering of what an artificial turf complex might look like at Harewood Centennial Park’s Sherry Fields. (City of Nanaimo image)

City of Nanaimo seeking infrastructure grant for new artificial turf field in Harewood

Council votes to send grant application to feds to fund $3.28 million of $4.47-million project

Harewood Centennial Park has seen significant upgrades in recent years and the city hopes another new amenity can be built there.

Nanaimo city council, at a meeting Monday, agreed to pursue $3.28 million through a federal infrastructure grant stream to construct a new artificial turf complex at the park’s Sherry Fields at the corner of Howard Avenue and Seventh Street. If the grant application is successful, the city would need to commit to paying the $1.19-million balance of the $4.47-million project.

Council previously sought, through the same Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, a $15.5-million grant toward Port Theatre expansion. That application was denied, and although the city could have re-submitted the request, staff advised otherwise and noted that average infrastructure grants were in the range of $2.5 million.

“For an intake No. 2, staff has tried to bring you projects that we think potentially would have a greater chance at success based on the information we’ve received from the ministry,” said Wendy Fulla, the city’s manager of business, asset and financial planning.

A staff report suggested council select one of three projects – artificial turf at Harewood Centennial Park, a boathouse with washrooms at Loudon Park, or further playground upgrades at Maffeo Sutton Park.

Councillors generally liked the artificial turf and boathouse projects best.

“I think the Barsby sports field is what the community could use the most, see the most users … but it’s above the average [amount] that these grants have given out in the past,” said Coun. Erin Hemmens. “The Loudon boathouse is quite unique and I think it might capture some interest because of its uniqueness.”

A majority of council members, including Mayor Leonard Krog, indicated a preference for the Harewood turf project.

“The Barsby fields would benefit a part of this community that historically – not so much now – has faced some real challenges in terms of poverty and the vulnerability that that creates,” Krog said. “Their sports teams have lifted the spirit in that neighbourhood amazingly, brought credit and honour to the city.”

He added that the park is becoming a “centrepiece” for family activity in the area.

READ ALSO: Nanaimo’s newest skatepark now open for use in Harewood

Some other councillors favoured the Long Lake boathouse grant application for a $1.37-million grant and a $500,000 city contribution covering the $1.87-million total cost. Coun. Jim Turley noted that it would benefit not only the rowing and paddling clubs, but that the washrooms would be appreciated by beach-goers.

Turley’s motion to seek an infrastructure grant for the boathouse project failed 5-4 with Krog and councillors Sheryl Armstrong, Tyler Brown, Ben Geselbracht and Don Bonner opposed. Brown’s subsequent motion to seek an infrastructure grant for the artificial turf field passed 7-2 with Turley and Coun. Ian Thorpe opposed.

The Harewood turf project would include two playing surfaces and would be able to accommodate football, soccer, softball and field lacrosse. Lighting, a spectator area, perimeter walkway and storage space would also be constructed.

Richard Harding, the city’s general manager of parks, recreation and culture, said the city would be interested in partnering with the school district on the artificial turf fields, which would be adjacent to John Barsby Secondary School.

“Definitely we want to have a joint-use agreement with them for this facility … the school will be using it during the day, the community using it during the evening, weekends and holidays,” Harding said.

READ ALSO: City of Nanaimo to look at turning NDSS field into mid-size stadium

READ ALSO: Port Theatre expansion project halts following denial of $15.5-million grant



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

City HallSports

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

An artist’s rendering of what an artificial turf complex might look like at Harewood Centennial Park’s Sherry Fields. (City of Nanaimo image)

An artist’s rendering of what an artificial turf complex might look like at Harewood Centennial Park’s Sherry Fields. (City of Nanaimo image)

Just Posted

The Regional District of Nanaimo has its sights set on busing to the Cowichan Valley in time for March 2022. (News Bulletin file)
RDN Transit has sights set on busing to Cowichan Valley by next March

Unallocated transit hours already in the budget

Parking decals for motorcycles owned by riders with disabilities are now available from the Nanaimo Disability Resource Centre. (Photo submitted)
Motorcycle decals now available in Nanaimo for disabled riders

Limited number of decals now available from the Nanaimo Disability Resource Centre

Ceramic artist Teresa Dorey with some of the pieces from her upcoming exhibition, ‘Einfühlung: Feeling Into,’ at Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio and Gallery. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Ceramic artist explores ideas around empathy and touch in Nanaimo exhibition

Montreal’s Teresa Dorey presents ‘Einfühlung: Feeling Into’ at Nanaimo Ceramic Arts

Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun is the recipient of this year’s City of Nanaimo Culture and Heritage Award for Emerging Cultural Leader. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun is the recipient of this year’s City of Nanaimo Culture and Heritage Award for Emerging Cultural Leader. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Multi-disciplinary Snuneymuxw artist named ‘Emerging Cultural Leader’

Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun, receives City of Nanaimo Culture and Heritage Award

The Village on Third in Nanaimo won the Judges’ Choice award as top overall entry at the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Commercial Building Awards. (Photo submitted)
Nanaimo mixed-use building wins top prize at commercial building awards

Village on Third was Judges’ Choice winner at VIREB Commercial Building Awards

The Village on Third in Nanaimo won the Judges’ Choice award as top overall entry at the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Commercial Building Awards. (Photo submitted)
Nanaimo mixed-use building wins top prize at commercial building awards

Village on Third was Judges’ Choice winner at VIREB Commercial Building Awards

BCIT. (Wikimedia Commons)
BCIT apologizes after employee’s ‘offensive and hurtful’ email leaked to Métis Nation

BCIT says employee’s conduct has been investigated and addressed

An adult male yellow-breasted chat is shown in this undatd photograph on lands protected in collaboration between the En’owkin Centre and Penticton Indian Band with support through ECCC. The rescue from near extinction for a little yellow bird hinges on the wild rose in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, a researcher says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, A. Michael Bezener/ En’owkin Centre 2020 *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Rare yellow birds need wild roses to survive in British Columbia: researcher

The importance of local wild roses emerged over a nearly 20-year experiment

RCMP officers search around rows of luggage carts as screens block off an area of the sidewalk after a shooting outside the international departures terminal at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., Sunday, May 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Police say gang conflict in Metro Vancouver may be behind shooting death at airport

Police said this generation of gangsters is taking things to new level and have no regard for community safety

RCMP are looking for information on an alleged shooting attempt near an elementary school in Smithers March 10. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News/Stock)
UPDATE: Man killed in brazen daylight shooting at Vancouver airport

Details about the police incident are still unknown

Pieces of nephrite jade are shown at a mine site in northwestern B.C. in July 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Tahltan Central Government MANDATORY CREDIT
Indigenous nation opposes jade mining in northwestern B.C.

B.C.’s Mines Act requires operators to prepare a plan to protect cultural heritage resources

Nanaimo author Haley Healey recently launched her second book, ‘Flourishing and Free: More Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island.’ (Photo courtesy Kristin Wenberg)
Nanaimo author pens second book on ‘trailblazing’ Vancouver Island women

Haley Healey’s ‘Flourishing and Free’ follows her 2020 debut ‘On Their Own Terms’

Nuns of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, carry some of her relics during a vigil of prayer in preparation for the canonization of Mother Teresa in the St. John in Latheran Basilica at the Vatican, Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. In which city did she do much of her charitable work? (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
QUIZ: How much do you know about these motherhood issues?

In honour of Mother’s Day, take this 10-question quiz

Most Read