Games’ work un­der­way

Re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties get­ting facelift in Car­bon­ear


Work is un­der­way on a se­ries of projects to up­grade re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties in the Town of Car­bon­ear in prepa­ra­tion for the 2012 New­found­land and Labrador Summer Games.

The Games are be­ing co-hosted by Har­bour Grace and Car­bon­ear, and runs from Aug. 18-25.

The town and the provin­cial govern­ment has al­lo­cated some $665,000 for in­fras­truc­ture up­grades to fa­cil­i­ties at the re­cre­ation com­plex on Val­ley Road. The prov­ince is pay­ing 80 per cent, while the town is pick­ing up the re­main­der.

The most sig­nif­i­cant project in­volves the 400-me­tre oval run­ning track, which was con­structed for the 1992 Summer Games. The old rub­ber­ized surface, which was ap­plied over an asphalt base, has been re­moved. It had reached the end of its life­span.

A new layer of asphalt will be ap­plied in the com­ing days, and a new rub­ber surface will be in­stalled within the next month, say town of­fi­cials.

This phase w i l l cost some $553,000, and also in­cludes, among other things, up­grades to the playing surface on the two ball fields, and a resur­fac­ing of the deck at the re­gional swim­ming pool.

Con­cord Con­struc­tion of Car­bon­ear has been awarded the contract.

Con­sid­er­able work is a lso planned for the two soft­ball fields in order to meet safety stan­dards. The player dugouts at both fields will be de­mol­ished and moved fur­ther back from the playing surface in order to al­low for the in­stal­la­tion of a chain­link fence in front of each dugout.

To­tal cost of this project is some $43,000, with Shaw Ven­tures Co. Ltd. car­ry­ing out the work.

The fi­nal phase in­cludes an up­grade to chain-link­ing fenc­ing around the com­plex, im­prove­ments to the back­stops at both fields, and other up­grades.

Provin­cial Fence Prod­ucts is car­ry­ing out this $48,000 project.

Town ad­min­is­tra­tor Cyn­thia Davis said the up­grades will en­sure the com­plex meets all the re­quired stan­dards for host­ing such a large sport­ing event.

She noted that the resur­fac­ing of the pool deck will re­quire a tem­po­rary clo­sure of the fa­cil­ity, but it’s not yet known how long, or when.

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