New track, playing field on the way for MacNab

News Oct 03, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

A new track and sports field could be built at Sir Allan MacNab before year’s end.

Ward 8 trustee Wes Hicks said he is hopeful work can begin soon and, barring any surprises, be completed this year.

“Once they lift the track and find out what’s under there, they might have to put some drainage in,” he said.

Because of its poor condition, the field has not been in use for the past two football seasons. The track has been out of commission for an even longer period.

The project will go out to tender soon; terms and conditions of the agreement between the city and the school board are still being finalized.

The new playing field will be a premium sand-based field with irrigation. It will be surrounded by a four-lane synthetic 400m track with six-lane sprint section.

West Mountain councillor Terry Whitehead originally committed to putting $320,000 from the Ward 8 area-rating budget into the project. The school board is paying a similar amount.

The need for a community-run athletic track on the west Mountain was identified in a city recreation study, said Whitehead, that’s why he’s contributing to the project.

“We can always use more soccer pitches on the west Mountain,” said the councillor.

The school board is currently studying how it will upgrade playing fields across its high school, said Hicks. He said he suspects the recommendation will be to put four artificial turf fields at four schools and grass, with proper drainage, at the others, upgrading them down the line as money or partnerships becomes available.

The plans for MacNab were set two years ago and do not include artificial turf at this time, said Hicks.

The Hamilton Catholic school board over the last few years has been installing artificial turf at its high schools.

New track, playing field on the way for MacNab

News Oct 03, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

A new track and sports field could be built at Sir Allan MacNab before year’s end.

Ward 8 trustee Wes Hicks said he is hopeful work can begin soon and, barring any surprises, be completed this year.

“Once they lift the track and find out what’s under there, they might have to put some drainage in,” he said.

Because of its poor condition, the field has not been in use for the past two football seasons. The track has been out of commission for an even longer period.

The project will go out to tender soon; terms and conditions of the agreement between the city and the school board are still being finalized.

The new playing field will be a premium sand-based field with irrigation. It will be surrounded by a four-lane synthetic 400m track with six-lane sprint section.

West Mountain councillor Terry Whitehead originally committed to putting $320,000 from the Ward 8 area-rating budget into the project. The school board is paying a similar amount.

The need for a community-run athletic track on the west Mountain was identified in a city recreation study, said Whitehead, that’s why he’s contributing to the project.

“We can always use more soccer pitches on the west Mountain,” said the councillor.

The school board is currently studying how it will upgrade playing fields across its high school, said Hicks. He said he suspects the recommendation will be to put four artificial turf fields at four schools and grass, with proper drainage, at the others, upgrading them down the line as money or partnerships becomes available.

The plans for MacNab were set two years ago and do not include artificial turf at this time, said Hicks.

The Hamilton Catholic school board over the last few years has been installing artificial turf at its high schools.

New track, playing field on the way for MacNab

News Oct 03, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

A new track and sports field could be built at Sir Allan MacNab before year’s end.

Ward 8 trustee Wes Hicks said he is hopeful work can begin soon and, barring any surprises, be completed this year.

“Once they lift the track and find out what’s under there, they might have to put some drainage in,” he said.

Because of its poor condition, the field has not been in use for the past two football seasons. The track has been out of commission for an even longer period.

The project will go out to tender soon; terms and conditions of the agreement between the city and the school board are still being finalized.

The new playing field will be a premium sand-based field with irrigation. It will be surrounded by a four-lane synthetic 400m track with six-lane sprint section.

West Mountain councillor Terry Whitehead originally committed to putting $320,000 from the Ward 8 area-rating budget into the project. The school board is paying a similar amount.

The need for a community-run athletic track on the west Mountain was identified in a city recreation study, said Whitehead, that’s why he’s contributing to the project.

“We can always use more soccer pitches on the west Mountain,” said the councillor.

The school board is currently studying how it will upgrade playing fields across its high school, said Hicks. He said he suspects the recommendation will be to put four artificial turf fields at four schools and grass, with proper drainage, at the others, upgrading them down the line as money or partnerships becomes available.

The plans for MacNab were set two years ago and do not include artificial turf at this time, said Hicks.

The Hamilton Catholic school board over the last few years has been installing artificial turf at its high schools.