$9.9 million artificial turf fields open in Nanaimo

$9.9 million artificial turf fields open in Nanaimo

More than a decade after it was initially planned, Nanaimo officially opened its nearly $10 million artificial turf fields to the public.

Harewood Centennial Park is now home to two multi-sport artificial turf fields, which can be used for soccer, field lacrosse, football and baseball.

The total cost for the installation was $9.9 million, which included the turf, LED field lighting, 400-seat bleachers and a media/coaching booth slated to open this summer.

“These fields represent more than just green space; they are a symbol of pride, opportunity and unity for our community,” said Leonard Krog, mayor of Nanaimo, in a press release.

The city noted that the fields are ‘game-ready’ and can be used 24/7 if the demand warrants it.

“From football to soccer and many other sports, these fields will be home to countless sporting achievements, providing our youth with the facilities they deserve,” Krog said.

The Province of B.C.’s Growing Community Fund, the federal government’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, and School District 68 also helped with the construction costs.

Field bookings can be made on the City of Nanaimo’s website.

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