St. Clair Sports Park Construction Underway
An official sod turning ceremony has kicked off construction of the new $21.5-million Sports Park at St. Clair College.
College officials, municipal dignitaries and the funders of various parts of the facility took part.
College President Patti France says the sports park will enhance the wider community as well as the college.
"These facilities, like all facilities at the college will be available for public use. Once completed we will develop scheduling and booking plans for our community to make use of the fields and the courts, too."
Student Representative Council President Holly Nicholson says this will build on existing athletic facilities.
"With this project we're addressing the needs of our other athletic pursuits. Soccer, sand volleyball, tennis and down the road softball. Oh and Cricket too."
Student Athletic Association President Laura Walker applauds the start of the project.
"The amenities for spectators in the sports park will ensure that family, friends and fans will have a wonderful experience when the come out for games at the new site."
Artist's rendering of the Zekelman Tennis Centre at St. Clair College, February 1, 2019 (by AM800's Peter Langille)
The Zekelman Foundation is funding the new tennis facility with four indoor courts and Barry Zekelman says there's more to college than the classroom.
"Sports does a lot of things as well. You build team-building, you get to interact and meet with people when you might be shy and too shy to do so, so you learn how to build friendships. You learn conflict resolution. You know all of those things are life lessons that believe me you will use and you will level."
The facility will include a new 1500 seat soccer stadium with a video scoreboard; the Zekelman Tennis facility, a ladies softball diamonds as well as outdoor sand volleyball complex.
View of the future St. Clair College soccer field, February 1, 2019 (by AM800's Peter Langille)
Construction is expected to take about 10 months, so the project should be done by early 2020.