Off the ground

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BUR­TON K. JANES

It’s not quite ready for ac­tion yet. But town of­fi­cials in Bay Roberts say a new out­door sports fa­cil­ity is about a year away from beaing ready for ac­tion. The site will serve as a soc­cer pitch/walk­ing track and green space.

A new state-of-the-art sports fa­cil­ity in Bay Roberts is about a year away from open­ing. Ron De­laney, di­rec­tor of devel­op­ment with the town, said con­struc­tion of the soc­cer pitch/ walk­ing track, part of the Wil­bur Sparkes Recre­ation Com­plex, got off the ground last year. While the track has be­come a pop­u­lar site for walk­ers, to date, no teams have taken to the field for a game of soc­cer.

While this is the case, De­laney as­sured The Com­pass that ev­ery­thing is on track with the slope­drainage fa­cil­ity. “All’s go­ing ac­cord­ing to plan,” he said. “ We might be a cou­ple of months off, but when you have a short grow­ing sea­son, two months can make a dif­fer­ence.”

The short grow­ing sea­son is the main rea­son for the de­lay in open­ing.

Be­cause of ex­ces­sive rain last sum­mer, the sod-lay­ing couldn’t be com­pleted un­til Novem­ber. “ You hope, of course,” De­laney said, “ that con­di­tions will be ideal for the sod to ad­here to the root sys­tem.” How­ever, a game won’t be played on the pitch un­til at least June of 2011.

Devel­op­ment di­rec­tor Ron De­laney of the Town of Bay Roberts is shown here last week at the new out­door sports fa­cil­ity. De­laney said it will be in op­er­a­tion for next sum­mer.

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