Campbell River will be attracting more tournaments to the community this coming year.
During the council meeting Monday, city council finally approved the contracts to begin construction of the Robron all-weather field.
Planning for the Robron Park included extensive public input with outreach to numerous people and reviews of a variety of park options. Now, six years later, the major park construction begins and is set to open by mid-November.
President of the Campbell River Youth Soccer Association Alan Rimell says this is fantastic for sports tourism and we’re no longer going to be pushed out of town because we can’t insure fields for play.
Mayor Andy Adams is certainly pleased to see this project move ahead. He says the project requires no borrowing and will be entirely funded by the Community Works Fund, through the Federal Gas Tax, and previously accumulated City Parks Parcel Tax funding.
In regards to the health concerns some may have, city staff reviewed more than 50 independent studies from across Canada and the world, which all indicate the newer generation of synthetic turf will have no known risks.
During construction, the playground, lacrosse box and tennis courts will remain open for the public.
For more details about the project, head to CampbellRiver.ca/allweatherfield