A new synthetic turf field at Ladner's Dugald Morrison Park is getting closer after Delta council approved a contract with a consultant for detailed design and construction services.
Civic politicians approved a $227,000 contract be awarded to R.F.
Binnie & Associates Ltd. to assist the municipality in the Ladner Sports Field Enhancement Project. The program involves two other projects in addition to the Dugald Morrison turf field: a new baseball diamond at Cromie Park and the reconstruction of a softball diamond at Hawthorne Park.
Construction on the Cromie project is scheduled to begin first in May 2013, followed by the Dugald Morrison work in September 2013 and the Hawthorne project in the summer of 2014.
Asked by Coun. Ian Paton why the municipality would spend so much for a consultant, parks and recreation director Ken Kuntz explained the service extends to all aspects of the projects, including monitoring the quality of construction. Kuntz said it's a relatively small amount when one considers the enhancements are $5 million in total.
The biggest item in the plan, costing $3.8 million, is the lit synthetic turf at Dugald Morrison Park.
The parent advisory council at Delta Secondary had been lobbying for a turf field at the Ladner high school, but Delta council concurred with a civic staff recommendation to locate it at Dugald Morrison.
Later, the Delta school district announced it was planning to build its own covered sports facilities.
Still in its early stages of discussion, the facilities would have lighted artificial turf surfaces, covered with a stainless steel roof and frame.