The city’s parks department recently provided council with an update on the replacement schedule for Delta’s five artificial turf playing fields.
The replacement cycle for synthetic turf fields is based on an average 15-year cycle.
According to the current schedule, the field at Winskill Park in Tsawwassen is next on the list.
Council last month approved awarding a $578,000 contract to replace the field, but its existing drainage system continues to perform as required and does not need to be replaced.
The total project cost will be $616,000 once other expenses have been added.
Funding for the replacement of the synthetic surfaces is built into the annual property tax rate and that money is placed into a separate account.
Next on the list is the field at North Delta Community Park, which was installed in 2007 and due for replacement in 2023.
That project will be followed by a field replacement at Dugald Morrison Park in 2029. That park had its artificial turf field installation in 2014.
The first park in Delta to have an artificial turf field in 2002, Mackie Park’s synthetic turf field was replaced in 2017 and due for its next replacement in 2032.
The synthetic turf playing surface at Holly Park was replaced in 2019 and due for its next replacement in 2034.
The city has yet to announce if it will be adding any new synthetic turf fields.
According to the park’s department strategic work plan, released three years ago, an additional synthetic turf field at Mackie Park and an expanded field at Winskill Park, both with price tags over $5 million, were identified as “short-term” priorities.
The city is currently undertaking a new foundation document that will outline what future parks and recreation projects should be next for all three communities of Delta.