Soc­cer pitch on track

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lim­ing and ph lev­els will re­sult in a na­tional class fa­cil­ity.

The soc­cer pitch couldn’t have come at a bet­ter time for the town. “ We needed an up­graded or new fa­cil­ity,” De­laney said, “to care for the grow­ing soc­cer de­mand in the Con­cep­tion Bay North area.”

Un­til the new fa­cil­ity is ready, the needs of the busy soc­cer pro­gram in the area are cared for on the pitch be­hind As­cen­sion Col­le­giate and an­other in North River.

The fa­cil­ity dou­bles as a soc­cer pitch/ walk­ing track and a green space. “ We’re not go­ing to pi­geon­hole it as a soc­cer pitch only,” he added. “ We prob­a­bly have the largest sum­mer recre­ation pro­gram on the Bac­calieu Trail. There are over a thou­sand chil­dren recre­at­ing within the town bound­aries alone. We’d like to be able to give them this mul­ti­pur­pose fa­cil­ity.” And, the sooner the bet­ter.

The new fa­cil­ity will even­tu­ally boast a mod­ern light­ing sys­tem, for the safety of walk­ers at night and the con­ve­nience of night games.

The project, which will run about a quar­ter of a mil­lion dol­lars, is be­ing funded un­der a cost-shar­ing agree­ment with the pro­vin­cial govern­ment, De­laney said.

Not sur­pris­ingly, De­laney, in his ca­pac­ity with the town, is ea­gerly an­tic­i­pat­ing the open­ing of the fa­cil­ity.

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