Ancaster has scored big with new recreation facilities in play for 2009

News Oct 30, 2009 Ancaster News

There are so many sports terms I could use in this column to describe how Ancaster has scored a series of recreational facilities in 2009 as part of my goal to enhance the quality of life for all citizens – young and old, active and non-competitive in Ancaster.

I’ll dive right in with my excitement over the recently reopened $900,000 retrofit of the Ancaster Aquatic Centre and the upgrades to every aspect of the facility, from new lockers and HVAC system, to a new roof and fresh paint. This is one of the most used recreational facilities in Ancaster and now our citizens – from tots to seniors – will have a facility that meets their specific needs for pleasure swimming and various exercise classes.

In June, we saw the opening of three new soccer fields on Jerseyville Road in Ancaster and just recently, made the pitch for a $4.8 million soccer dome at Redeemer University College through a $1 million loan from the City. When completed, the indoor complex – at twice the size of Ivor Wynne Stadium – will be available 50 per cent of the time for community use. Congratulations to Ancaster Soccer Association for there efforts in getting this done.

We’ve also stepped up to the plate to make significant improvements to the main diamond at Ancaster Little League Park in time for the 2010 Canadian Little League Championships there Aug. 5-15. The Spring Valley diamond will be completely refurbished and should be a great hit for players and fans alike.

There was also an earlier racket made here about the redevelopment going on behind the Municipal Building by the Ancaster Tennis Club. The expansion from three courts to five – and totally paid by the Tennis Club – sets the stage for a wonderful facility in the downtown.

Speaking of the downtown, I am also pleased that we are adding to the lineup of recreational facilities a new sports registration office at the Hammill House at Church and Wilson Streets.

This building has been vacant for years and will be renovated using Federal Brownfield funds. With thousands of youngsters involved in minor sports in our community, this new club house is a slam dunk for parents chasing all over to register their sons and daughters in various programs.

And finally, news of a twin ice surface at Morgan Firestone Arena is the game winner for Ancaster families involved in so many winter sports and recreational activities. With construction slated to commence next summer for completion in 2011, this rink will be the crown jewel in our trophy case of recreational facilities and is something I have been stick handling since entering public office.

I am so proud of the interest everyone in Ancaster shows in supporting public investment in public facilities. It is what makes us a stronger and healthier community.

Until next time, if you have something you want to see or read about in this column, please contact my office at City Hall at 905-546-2704.

You can also reach me by e-mail at lloyd.ferguson@hamilton.ca

Ancaster has scored big with new recreation facilities in play for 2009

News Oct 30, 2009 Ancaster News

There are so many sports terms I could use in this column to describe how Ancaster has scored a series of recreational facilities in 2009 as part of my goal to enhance the quality of life for all citizens – young and old, active and non-competitive in Ancaster.

I’ll dive right in with my excitement over the recently reopened $900,000 retrofit of the Ancaster Aquatic Centre and the upgrades to every aspect of the facility, from new lockers and HVAC system, to a new roof and fresh paint. This is one of the most used recreational facilities in Ancaster and now our citizens – from tots to seniors – will have a facility that meets their specific needs for pleasure swimming and various exercise classes.

In June, we saw the opening of three new soccer fields on Jerseyville Road in Ancaster and just recently, made the pitch for a $4.8 million soccer dome at Redeemer University College through a $1 million loan from the City. When completed, the indoor complex – at twice the size of Ivor Wynne Stadium – will be available 50 per cent of the time for community use. Congratulations to Ancaster Soccer Association for there efforts in getting this done.

We’ve also stepped up to the plate to make significant improvements to the main diamond at Ancaster Little League Park in time for the 2010 Canadian Little League Championships there Aug. 5-15. The Spring Valley diamond will be completely refurbished and should be a great hit for players and fans alike.

There was also an earlier racket made here about the redevelopment going on behind the Municipal Building by the Ancaster Tennis Club. The expansion from three courts to five – and totally paid by the Tennis Club – sets the stage for a wonderful facility in the downtown.

Speaking of the downtown, I am also pleased that we are adding to the lineup of recreational facilities a new sports registration office at the Hammill House at Church and Wilson Streets.

This building has been vacant for years and will be renovated using Federal Brownfield funds. With thousands of youngsters involved in minor sports in our community, this new club house is a slam dunk for parents chasing all over to register their sons and daughters in various programs.

And finally, news of a twin ice surface at Morgan Firestone Arena is the game winner for Ancaster families involved in so many winter sports and recreational activities. With construction slated to commence next summer for completion in 2011, this rink will be the crown jewel in our trophy case of recreational facilities and is something I have been stick handling since entering public office.

I am so proud of the interest everyone in Ancaster shows in supporting public investment in public facilities. It is what makes us a stronger and healthier community.

Until next time, if you have something you want to see or read about in this column, please contact my office at City Hall at 905-546-2704.

You can also reach me by e-mail at lloyd.ferguson@hamilton.ca

Ancaster has scored big with new recreation facilities in play for 2009

News Oct 30, 2009 Ancaster News

There are so many sports terms I could use in this column to describe how Ancaster has scored a series of recreational facilities in 2009 as part of my goal to enhance the quality of life for all citizens – young and old, active and non-competitive in Ancaster.

I’ll dive right in with my excitement over the recently reopened $900,000 retrofit of the Ancaster Aquatic Centre and the upgrades to every aspect of the facility, from new lockers and HVAC system, to a new roof and fresh paint. This is one of the most used recreational facilities in Ancaster and now our citizens – from tots to seniors – will have a facility that meets their specific needs for pleasure swimming and various exercise classes.

In June, we saw the opening of three new soccer fields on Jerseyville Road in Ancaster and just recently, made the pitch for a $4.8 million soccer dome at Redeemer University College through a $1 million loan from the City. When completed, the indoor complex – at twice the size of Ivor Wynne Stadium – will be available 50 per cent of the time for community use. Congratulations to Ancaster Soccer Association for there efforts in getting this done.

We’ve also stepped up to the plate to make significant improvements to the main diamond at Ancaster Little League Park in time for the 2010 Canadian Little League Championships there Aug. 5-15. The Spring Valley diamond will be completely refurbished and should be a great hit for players and fans alike.

There was also an earlier racket made here about the redevelopment going on behind the Municipal Building by the Ancaster Tennis Club. The expansion from three courts to five – and totally paid by the Tennis Club – sets the stage for a wonderful facility in the downtown.

Speaking of the downtown, I am also pleased that we are adding to the lineup of recreational facilities a new sports registration office at the Hammill House at Church and Wilson Streets.

This building has been vacant for years and will be renovated using Federal Brownfield funds. With thousands of youngsters involved in minor sports in our community, this new club house is a slam dunk for parents chasing all over to register their sons and daughters in various programs.

And finally, news of a twin ice surface at Morgan Firestone Arena is the game winner for Ancaster families involved in so many winter sports and recreational activities. With construction slated to commence next summer for completion in 2011, this rink will be the crown jewel in our trophy case of recreational facilities and is something I have been stick handling since entering public office.

I am so proud of the interest everyone in Ancaster shows in supporting public investment in public facilities. It is what makes us a stronger and healthier community.

Until next time, if you have something you want to see or read about in this column, please contact my office at City Hall at 905-546-2704.

You can also reach me by e-mail at lloyd.ferguson@hamilton.ca