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.