New fields for Dun­das and West­dale by sum­mer

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - RICHARD LEITNER

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.

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