Soccer field funding awaits assessment

News Nov 12, 2009 Ancaster News

One million dollars in federal funding for a planned covered soccer field in Ancaster is contingent on completion of an environmental assessment which started Oct. 5.

The new soccer field at Redeemer University College is slated to receive a $1-million loan from the City of Hamilton in addition to a total of $2 million from the federal and provincial governments.

The Ancaster Soccer Club and Redeemer expect to fundraise for the remaining cost of the $4.8-million project.

But before Industry Canada commits its share, the federal department must conduct a screening of the project

Lauren Ehrenworth of Industry Canada said the EA is underway, but there is no timeline for its completion.

“A screening is a systematic approach to documenting the environmental effects of a proposed project and determining the need to eliminate or minimize the adverse effects,” Ehrenworth said.

“Screenings vary in time, length and depth of analysis, depending on the circumstances of the proposed project.”

She said no specific information about what might be involved in this particular screening, or what environmental effects will be investigated, is available at this time.

According to a notice posted on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry, Redeemer University College proposes to construct an artificial turf soccer field complete with a field house, lights, bleachers and fencing.

“The field will be equipped for covering with a temporary fabric structure during the winter months which will allow for all-season use,” the EA notice states. “The structure will be heated using geothermal technology.”

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act requires an EA for this project because Industry Canada may provide financial assistance.

Soccer field funding awaits assessment

News Nov 12, 2009 Ancaster News

One million dollars in federal funding for a planned covered soccer field in Ancaster is contingent on completion of an environmental assessment which started Oct. 5.

The new soccer field at Redeemer University College is slated to receive a $1-million loan from the City of Hamilton in addition to a total of $2 million from the federal and provincial governments.

The Ancaster Soccer Club and Redeemer expect to fundraise for the remaining cost of the $4.8-million project.

But before Industry Canada commits its share, the federal department must conduct a screening of the project

Lauren Ehrenworth of Industry Canada said the EA is underway, but there is no timeline for its completion.

“A screening is a systematic approach to documenting the environmental effects of a proposed project and determining the need to eliminate or minimize the adverse effects,” Ehrenworth said.

“Screenings vary in time, length and depth of analysis, depending on the circumstances of the proposed project.”

She said no specific information about what might be involved in this particular screening, or what environmental effects will be investigated, is available at this time.

According to a notice posted on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry, Redeemer University College proposes to construct an artificial turf soccer field complete with a field house, lights, bleachers and fencing.

“The field will be equipped for covering with a temporary fabric structure during the winter months which will allow for all-season use,” the EA notice states. “The structure will be heated using geothermal technology.”

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act requires an EA for this project because Industry Canada may provide financial assistance.

Soccer field funding awaits assessment

News Nov 12, 2009 Ancaster News

One million dollars in federal funding for a planned covered soccer field in Ancaster is contingent on completion of an environmental assessment which started Oct. 5.

The new soccer field at Redeemer University College is slated to receive a $1-million loan from the City of Hamilton in addition to a total of $2 million from the federal and provincial governments.

The Ancaster Soccer Club and Redeemer expect to fundraise for the remaining cost of the $4.8-million project.

But before Industry Canada commits its share, the federal department must conduct a screening of the project

Lauren Ehrenworth of Industry Canada said the EA is underway, but there is no timeline for its completion.

“A screening is a systematic approach to documenting the environmental effects of a proposed project and determining the need to eliminate or minimize the adverse effects,” Ehrenworth said.

“Screenings vary in time, length and depth of analysis, depending on the circumstances of the proposed project.”

She said no specific information about what might be involved in this particular screening, or what environmental effects will be investigated, is available at this time.

According to a notice posted on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry, Redeemer University College proposes to construct an artificial turf soccer field complete with a field house, lights, bleachers and fencing.

“The field will be equipped for covering with a temporary fabric structure during the winter months which will allow for all-season use,” the EA notice states. “The structure will be heated using geothermal technology.”

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act requires an EA for this project because Industry Canada may provide financial assistance.