Work has begun on the area that will host the new track and field directly east of the INVISTA Centre. The project will include an eight-lane, 400-metre running track with rubber sport surface built to International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) standards and an artificial turf multi-sport field with sports lights, washrooms and pathway connections. It is expected to be completed in time for the 2012 spring season.
“This project is a welcome addition to the amenities in Kingston’s recreation portfolio. Residents, sports clubs, our track and field community and the partnering school boards can look forward to enjoying a first class venue for their meets,” says Neal Unsworth, Manager, Parks Development. The Limestone District and Algonquin District Catholic School Boards have contributed $1 million toward the $5.9 million cost of this project.
The project contractor, Len Corcoran Excavating Ltd., and designers, McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers Ltd., have planned to preserve maple, pine and ash trees identified as significant in the southeast corner of the three hectare (7.5 acre) piece of land that will have its brush and younger trees removed starting next week.
This new track and field will provide a high quality venue for school track and field meets and offer an extended season for field sports user groups due to the artificial turf surfacing. The project is being constructed to high standards with an elaborate drainage system and high quality synthetic materials.
Regular access to the INVISTA Centre will remain uninterrupted during construction.
Release source: City of Kingston