Inter River Park turf field
We are building a new full-size artificial turf field (ATF) in Inter River Park that will meet tournament standards, and increase the sports field availability in the park.
This new ATF will replace the existing grass field, which is unfit for scheduled play due to an uneven surface and associated drainage problems.
Because the site for the new field was previously a landfill and therefore prone to uneven settling, we must first compress the fill and prepare the site for construction by 'preloading' it with approximately 72,500 tonnes of sand, which will remain for up to two years.
News and updates
February 23, 2024 — Preload removal set to begin
Crews are expected to mobilize on site today to begin work next week to remove the preload material currently in place at field #1 in Inter River Park in preparation for construction of the new artificial turf field.
Work to remove the preload will occur over the next few months, and will be hauled out of Inter River Park by truck. See “Traffic and access during construction” on the next tab for more information.
September 29, 2022 — Preload removal plans
We are currently planning for removal of the pre-load material with a goal to secure a contractor and begin construction of the field within the next year.
When complete, the new artificial turf field will feature field lighting, a practice area, a new washroom, and new paved parking areas and sidewalks.
January 31, 2020 — Delivery of sand complete
The deliveries of sand to Inter River Park for preloading are now complete. We are continuing to monitor the site for settling over the next one to two years.
Once complete, the sand will be removed to prepare the site for construction of a new artificial turf field.
November 28, 2019 — Delivery of sand for preloading
The second half of the sand deliveries are underway. This work will continue until January 2020.
October 7, 2019 — Delivery of sand for preloading
Deliveries of the 72,500 tonnes of sand necessary to preload the field began the week of October 7.
August 27, 2018 — Work begins on the new field
Work to prepare the field for preloading began the week of August 27, and included removing the existing grass and topsoil, installing retaining walls to hold the sand, and installing environmental protection measures.
Traffic and access during construction
A map of the route trucks will use to remove the preload material.
Managing traffic and other disruptions
Preload material removal by truck will begin in late February 2024 and continue over the next few months.
Construction hours are on weekdays between 7am and 8pm and Saturdays between 9am and 5pm. Construction vehicles will not be permitted to use Premier Street and will be required to use the route shown in the map above. This work is intermittent; therefore we expect that there will be periods where no work will happen.
Traffic control will be in place during preload removal to manage trucks and other access to the park. Visitors to the park are asked to obey traffic flaggers and signage in the area.
District staff will work with the contractor to minimize impacts to the park users and the surrounding community. However, we expect some increased noise and dust in the area during construction hours and ask for your patience and understanding during this work. Please regularly check this webpage for construction and traffic updates, as well as further information on this project.
About the construction process
Because the site was the location of a previous municipal land fill (active from 1956 to 1988), and is prone to uneven settling, the area must be preloaded with sand for a period of up to two years.
This process compresses the fill and prepares the site for construction of the artificial turf field.
August to November, 2018
Starting in August, preparation of the existing field to accept the preload material will begin, including:
- removal of the existing grass and topsoil
- installation of retaining walls to hold the sand
- installation of environmental protection measures.
This work should take approximately ten weeks to complete.
Late summer, 2019
Approximately 72,500 tonnes of sand required for the preload will be trucked to the field from another construction site on the North Shore over a period of approximately three months, starting late summer 2019.
During this period, there will be intensive periods of deliveries of sand by truck to the area of field #1.
Bird's eye view the new turf field
The need for new a sports field in Inter River Park
The existing grass field in Inter River Park 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.
A new full size tournament artificial turf field (for soccer, football and field hockey) 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.
Deciding on a site and field configuration
In 2016, staff began studying options for a field (or fields) in Inter River Park by exploring three preliminary field options — a single natural turf field, a single artificial turf field, two artificial turf fields.
In 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.
In 2018, Council directed staff not to proceed with the second turf field option.
The process we followed to decide on this site and configuration
- April 23, 2018 — Council recommendation on a potential second turf field
- February 26, 2018 — Presentation to Council
- November 14, 2017 — Presentation to Council
- June 21-July 12, 2017 — Online consultation
- June 21, 2017 — Public information session
- February 6, 2017 — Council workshop
- October 24, 2016 — Council workshop
- August 31-Sept 14, 2016 — Online consultation
- August 31, 2016 — Public information session
Documents from the decision-making process
This section contains documents that were produced from late 2016 to early 2018, as staff and Council explored potential options for a new turf field.
Reports and studies
- Inter River Park South Sports Field Feasibility Study and Conceptual Design Report (PDF; 19.3MB)
- Inter River Park South Environmental Review (appendix to the feasibility study) (PDF; 23.9MB)
Public information sessions
- Review the materials from the June 21, 2017 public information session (PDF; 20.25MB)
- Review the materials from the August 31, 2016 public information session (PDF; 12.2MB)
April 23, 2018 — Council direction on second field
Staff report to Council (PDF; 64.8MB)
February 26, 2018 — Staff update to Council
Staff report to Council
November 14, 2017 — Staff update to Council
February 6, 2017 — Council Workshop
- Staff report on our long term sports field program and funding strategy (starts on page 17)
- Staff presentation on our long term sports field program and funding strategy
October 24, 2016 — Council Workshop
- Staff report and presentation on the three preliminary options (starts on page 13)