Col­lège John-Ab­bott

New sur­face means more playing time

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Nou­veau ter­rain syn­thé­tique

John Ab­bott Col­lege is le­vel­ling the playing field for its sports teams and phy­si­cal edu­ca­tion classes with a new syn­the­tic field that will al­so be used by Sainte-Anne-de-Bel­le­vue re­si­dents.

Du­ring a press conference held Mon­day mor­ning, the school an­noun­ced that a $3.1 mil­lion syn­the­tic sports field will soon re­place the exis­ting field used by JAC Is­lan­ders foot­ball, soc­cer, lac­rosse and rug­by teams, as well as by most phys ed classes.

Funds for the pro­ject that will be­gin construc­tion in Au­gust and be com­ple­ted by late No­vem­ber came in part from­pro­vin­cial and fe­de­ral cof­fers, as well as from the John Ab­bott Col­lege Stu­dentU­nion.

The school kicked in the re­main­der of funds.

Jacques-Car­tier MNA Geoffrey Kel­ley, whose five chil­dren gra­dua­ted from the En­glish CEGEP, said the “ne­ces­sa­ry up­grade” would help create jobs in the region, while JAC Student Ser­vices Co­or­di­na­tor Dan Boyer no­ted the field has been on the school’s wish list for more than two years.

“This means we’ll be able to use the field from end of May to the end of No­vem­ber or De­cem­ber... be­cause it will be syn­the­tic, it will not get torn up like a real field,” Boyer said.

More seats and lights

The new field will boast sea­ting for 800 spec­ta­tors, as well as sta­dium qua­li­ty ligh­ting.

Boyer ex­plai­ned the exis­ting field would be ex­ca­va­ted be­fore a foun­da­tion that will in­clude com­pre­hen­sive drai­nage will be ins­tal­led. The syn­the­tic sur­face will be the fi­nal piece of the puzzle.

Plans for the new field in­clu­ded wor­king around a row of aged maple trees that have gra­ced the school’s fields long be­fore the al­most 40 year old CEGEP even exis­ted.

“The trees were plan­ted by Macdo­nald Col­lege years ago to com­me­mo­rate stu­dents who died while figh­ting inWorld War I,” said JAC Di­rec­tor Ge­ne­ral Gi­nette Shee­hy. “Eve­ry No­vem­ber they are the site of a ve­ry moving ce­re­mo­ny and we wan­ted to be sure to pro­tect them.”

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