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Artificial turf field proposal quashed in city’s decision not to sell park to school board

Plan would have meant relocation of ball field

September 1, 2022  By Turf & Rec

City council in Thorold, Ont. has opted not to sell McMillan Park to the District School Board of Niagara which had hoped to construct an artificial turf field at the park.

The decision was made during a closed session of council on Tuesday where councillors voted to retain the park for now as city property.

The installation of a synthetic turf field at the site would have involved relocating other park amenities to the south end of the park or to municipal property in the Rolling Meadows area. An existing baseball diamond, along with clubhouse, dugouts and backstop would require relocation to Rolling Meadows. Playground equipment and a splash pad would have been relocated to the park’s south.

Residents were particularly concerned about the loss of the baseball diamond from the park which was originally proposed without a plan for relocation.




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