New fields for Dundas and Westdale by summer
Dundas Valley and Westdale secondary schools are set to get new high-end natural playing fields this summer, with Ancaster High expected to follow in 2019.
The $1.25-million fields are part of a five-year strategy to spend $11 million annually to bring the 11 high schools surviving closure reviews up to a more equal standard on science labs, libraries, gym floors and playing fields.
Dundas Valley has already undergone $16.2 million in renovations as part of a decision to close Parkside and meets the standard on everything but the sports field, which is getting a $250,000 contribution from the city.
Westdale is also getting $250,000 from the city for its field, although it’s not the artificial turf one some had pushed for because a partner willing to defray the extra $750,000 cost never materialized.
“We have received tender submissions back and are in the process of awarding that contract,” senior facilities officer David Anderson said.
Major projects next year include the Westdale work, $2.5 million for science labs and learning commons at Churchill, $2.76 million for science labs, learning commons and gym floors at Sir Allan MacNab and $1.75 million for the natural field and learning commons at Glendale.
Ancaster High, which already meets the standard on science labs and learning commons as a result of $5 million in renovations in 2015, is also scheduled for a refinishing of its gym floor next year. That work is budgeted at $15,000.