At the Council meeting on October 10, a tender award was approved to build a soccer pitch in James Cockburn Park. In addition, there will be a pedestrian/cyclists trail and additional parking. Although the memo from staff was a bit ambiguous on the subject, it stated that $159K of the cost comes from the Canada 150 Community infrastructure program and the rest from the Town. The original intent was to not only build a full-sized pitch but also three small practice fields but tender bids were way over budget. This was because the north-south slope meant significant earth works would be required. Revisions to the scope resulted in total costs of $159K. Some minor changes to sewer manhole covers in the park were included in the same contract bringing the total to $166K.
The total work approved was:
- Upgrades to the existing parking lot
- Expansion of the parking area by 20 spaces
- One new full size (international) soccer pitch
- 400m trail connecting the parking lot and the pedestrian bridge
- Supply six special water tight manhole covers.
The trail will be “a limestone screening path”. There was no mention of a time-frame.
The park is quite large and mostly in a natural state. It was often used for dog-walking before the dog-park was built in 2014. See the map below – as usual, click to enlarge.