Inter River Park improvements

We are studying options for providing additional sports field inventory in Inter River Park, while minimizing impacts to the environment, adjacent uses, and neighbours.

The park is a regionally significant, multi-venue athletic facility with multiple sports fields, a lacrosse box, and a bike skills park, and is connected by popular trails, with access to adjacent natural features such as Lynn Creek.

Progress and status updates

June 21-July 12, 2017 — Online consultation

We made the details from our June 21 public information session available on our website, along with an online survey, to gather feedback from residents.

June 21, 2017 — Public information session

We held a public information session to share a new proposal for a two-field option in the park, and gather feedback from residents. You can view the information we presented at that information session in the 'Documents' tab.

February 6, 2017 — Council Workshop

We updated Council on our long term sports field program and funding strategy. You can view the staff report and presentation from this workshop in the 'documents' tab.

October 24, 2016 — Council Workshop

We presented the findings of our studies and public outreach on the three preliminary field options to Council. Council directed us to start planning to implement the single turf field option, but also continue to pursue other options for creating a second field. Review the staff report and presentation from the Council workshop in the 'documents' tab.

August 31-Sept 14,  2016 — Online consultation

For those who were unable to attend the August 31, 2016 public information session, we made information about the three preliminary field options available here on the website, and provided an online form for residents to provide their input.

August 31, 2016 — Public information session

We presented three preliminary options for the new sports fields (one artificial turf field and warm-up area, two artificial turf fields, one natural grass field) to the public, and gathered everyone's feedback. View the information we presented at the open house in the 'documents' tab.

Details

About the study area

The study area is located at the south end of Inter River Park, and includes Field #1, as well as surrounding wetlands, forests, roads/parking, trails and the District nursery and caretaker’s residence.

Field #1 has been substantially compromised due to settling of the field and associated infrastructure (e.g. backstops and dugouts), largely as a consequence of constructing the field over a former landfill site.

Compared to other District sports fields, it is underutilized, unsafe for play, and requires a full restoration to make it suitable to meet its full scheduling capacity.

Preliminary options for field improvements (2016)

Staff explored three preliminary field options, and presented them to the public on August 31, 2016. More detailed illustrations and additional information for all three of those options is available in the presentation materials from that public information session. You'll find them in the 'documents' tab.

Updated options for field improvements (2017)

Following direction from Council, staff started the work necessary to complete a single turf field, while continuing to explore other options for a second field. The new two-field proposal was presented to the public in June, 2017. More detailed illustrations and additional information for the new two-field option is available in the presentation materials from that public information session. You'll find them in the 'documents' tab.

Background

The demand for new sports fields

The existing grass field has been substantially compromised due to settling of the field and associated infrastructure (e.g. backstops and dugouts), largely as a consequence of constructing the field over a former landfill site.

The field’s uneven surface and associated drainage issues limit the playability and as a result the field is only booked occasionally. Compared to other District sports fields, the field is underutilized, unsafe for play, and will require a full restoration to make it suitable to meet its full scheduling capacity.

Meeting District objectives for playing fields

A new full size (for soccer, football and field hockey) tournament artificial turf field would meet the objective of developing Inter River Park as a DNV tournament center for sports field users, as well as providing additional artificial turf inventory to take the pressure off existing grass fields throughout the District.

A new sand-based natural grass field cannot match the potential user hours of a synthetic grass field, but would provide increased sports field availability at Inter River park