Ajax field will become Pan Am parking lot for 2,000 vehicles

Community Apr 10, 2015 by Keith Gilligan Ajax News Advertiser

AJAX -- The plan is in place to deal with parking in Ajax during the Pan Am Games this summer.

Pending approval by council on Monday, April 13, a 2,000-vehicle parking lot will be created at the southwest corner of Lakeridge and Taunton roads, immediately east of the President’s Choice Ajax Pan Am Ballpark.

Games’ organizers, TO2105, are renting the privately owned field for the parking lot, Town planner Geoff Romanowski told Ajax council’s community affairs and planning committee on Tuesday, April 7.

“It will accommodate all the parking needs for the ball park.”

The field will be turned into a parking lot from May 4 to Sept. 1, but will only be open during the Games, which run from July 10 to 26.

It will take two weeks to construct the parking lot, which includes putting down rubber matting so people with mobility issues can get around.

The site will be fenced during the games and there will be overnight security each night of the games, Mr. Romanowski said.

“It will be fully lit with gas-powered generators,” he added.

Of the 2,000 parking spots, 45 will be handicap spaces. There are also four bus bays.

Once the Games are over, the field will be rehabilitated, which includes tiling, he said.

There will be one entrance off both Lakeridge and Taunton, Mr. Romanowski said.

“The only permanent thing that will stay is the asphalt at the entrances.”

John Lohmus, a planner with the IBI Group, a consulting firm retained by the Games’ organizers, said the field will be tested before and after the Games to ensure “no compaction has occurred. If it has, we’ll do additional plowing to restore the field to its original condition.”

The rubber mats, designed to hold fire trucks, will minimize compaction, Mr. Lohmus said.

Spill kits will be on site to address any oil or gas spills, he added.

Elizabeth Vieweg, also with the IBI Group, said, “At any given time, there will be 20 or more staff on site. People will be busy the whole time monitoring.”

While there are 2,000 spaces, she said, the odds that all will be in use at the same time are low.

She added at most, about 1,600 spaces would be in use at one time.

Meanwhile, access to the neighbourhood west of the Sportsplex will be restricted during the games.    

The restricted zone is bounded by Taunton to the north, Audley to the east, the CP rail line to the south and Carruthers Creek to the west. Each household in the zone will be issued two vehicle mirror hangers to help speed up their entry into the zone, while other motorists will have to show valid photo identification at security points.  

The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games is the largest sporting event in Canadian history. It’s expected to involve more athletes than the Olympics and will attract an estimated 125,000 spectators to Ajax alone, where men’s and women’s baseball and softball events will be held at the Sportsplex. In Durham, other events are being held in Oshawa.  

Metroland Media Group Ltd. is a signature sponsor of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by Presidents Choice and OLG.

Ajax field will become Pan Am parking lot for 2,000 vehicles

Town expects 125,000 spectators for July sporting event

Community Apr 10, 2015 by Keith Gilligan Ajax News Advertiser

AJAX -- The plan is in place to deal with parking in Ajax during the Pan Am Games this summer.

Pending approval by council on Monday, April 13, a 2,000-vehicle parking lot will be created at the southwest corner of Lakeridge and Taunton roads, immediately east of the President’s Choice Ajax Pan Am Ballpark.

Games’ organizers, TO2105, are renting the privately owned field for the parking lot, Town planner Geoff Romanowski told Ajax council’s community affairs and planning committee on Tuesday, April 7.

“It will accommodate all the parking needs for the ball park.”

The field will be turned into a parking lot from May 4 to Sept. 1, but will only be open during the Games, which run from July 10 to 26.

It will take two weeks to construct the parking lot, which includes putting down rubber matting so people with mobility issues can get around.

The site will be fenced during the games and there will be overnight security each night of the games, Mr. Romanowski said.

“It will be fully lit with gas-powered generators,” he added.

Of the 2,000 parking spots, 45 will be handicap spaces. There are also four bus bays.

Once the Games are over, the field will be rehabilitated, which includes tiling, he said.

There will be one entrance off both Lakeridge and Taunton, Mr. Romanowski said.

“The only permanent thing that will stay is the asphalt at the entrances.”

John Lohmus, a planner with the IBI Group, a consulting firm retained by the Games’ organizers, said the field will be tested before and after the Games to ensure “no compaction has occurred. If it has, we’ll do additional plowing to restore the field to its original condition.”

The rubber mats, designed to hold fire trucks, will minimize compaction, Mr. Lohmus said.

Spill kits will be on site to address any oil or gas spills, he added.

Elizabeth Vieweg, also with the IBI Group, said, “At any given time, there will be 20 or more staff on site. People will be busy the whole time monitoring.”

While there are 2,000 spaces, she said, the odds that all will be in use at the same time are low.

She added at most, about 1,600 spaces would be in use at one time.

Meanwhile, access to the neighbourhood west of the Sportsplex will be restricted during the games.    

The restricted zone is bounded by Taunton to the north, Audley to the east, the CP rail line to the south and Carruthers Creek to the west. Each household in the zone will be issued two vehicle mirror hangers to help speed up their entry into the zone, while other motorists will have to show valid photo identification at security points.  

The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games is the largest sporting event in Canadian history. It’s expected to involve more athletes than the Olympics and will attract an estimated 125,000 spectators to Ajax alone, where men’s and women’s baseball and softball events will be held at the Sportsplex. In Durham, other events are being held in Oshawa.  

Metroland Media Group Ltd. is a signature sponsor of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by Presidents Choice and OLG.

Ajax field will become Pan Am parking lot for 2,000 vehicles

Town expects 125,000 spectators for July sporting event

Community Apr 10, 2015 by Keith Gilligan Ajax News Advertiser

AJAX -- The plan is in place to deal with parking in Ajax during the Pan Am Games this summer.

Pending approval by council on Monday, April 13, a 2,000-vehicle parking lot will be created at the southwest corner of Lakeridge and Taunton roads, immediately east of the President’s Choice Ajax Pan Am Ballpark.

Games’ organizers, TO2105, are renting the privately owned field for the parking lot, Town planner Geoff Romanowski told Ajax council’s community affairs and planning committee on Tuesday, April 7.

“It will accommodate all the parking needs for the ball park.”

The field will be turned into a parking lot from May 4 to Sept. 1, but will only be open during the Games, which run from July 10 to 26.

It will take two weeks to construct the parking lot, which includes putting down rubber matting so people with mobility issues can get around.

The site will be fenced during the games and there will be overnight security each night of the games, Mr. Romanowski said.

“It will be fully lit with gas-powered generators,” he added.

Of the 2,000 parking spots, 45 will be handicap spaces. There are also four bus bays.

Once the Games are over, the field will be rehabilitated, which includes tiling, he said.

There will be one entrance off both Lakeridge and Taunton, Mr. Romanowski said.

“The only permanent thing that will stay is the asphalt at the entrances.”

John Lohmus, a planner with the IBI Group, a consulting firm retained by the Games’ organizers, said the field will be tested before and after the Games to ensure “no compaction has occurred. If it has, we’ll do additional plowing to restore the field to its original condition.”

The rubber mats, designed to hold fire trucks, will minimize compaction, Mr. Lohmus said.

Spill kits will be on site to address any oil or gas spills, he added.

Elizabeth Vieweg, also with the IBI Group, said, “At any given time, there will be 20 or more staff on site. People will be busy the whole time monitoring.”

While there are 2,000 spaces, she said, the odds that all will be in use at the same time are low.

She added at most, about 1,600 spaces would be in use at one time.

Meanwhile, access to the neighbourhood west of the Sportsplex will be restricted during the games.    

The restricted zone is bounded by Taunton to the north, Audley to the east, the CP rail line to the south and Carruthers Creek to the west. Each household in the zone will be issued two vehicle mirror hangers to help speed up their entry into the zone, while other motorists will have to show valid photo identification at security points.  

The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games is the largest sporting event in Canadian history. It’s expected to involve more athletes than the Olympics and will attract an estimated 125,000 spectators to Ajax alone, where men’s and women’s baseball and softball events will be held at the Sportsplex. In Durham, other events are being held in Oshawa.  

Metroland Media Group Ltd. is a signature sponsor of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by Presidents Choice and OLG.