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Controversial sports turf project to be decided this week by Barrie, Ont. council

Opponents against location, removal of trees

May 14, 2024  By Turf & Rec



A project proposed for Barrie, Ont.’s waterfront, that would include both a multi-use artificial turf sports field an a parade grounds for the local Sea Cadets organization, appears destined to proceed despite being shrouded in controversy.

The $4.5-million project was approved last week by the city’s general committee, but a petition that had been in circulation for only a week garnered more than 1,600 signatures. Opponents of the project say there are more suitable locations for such a facility. Others argue that the proposed location will compromise the waterfront’s forestry.

It’s feared the development will require the removal of several mature trees. Although plans include the planting of about 1,000 trees, those opposed to the project say new trees will take time to grow.

A representative of the neighbourhood adjacent to the proposed site also claims news of the city’s plans came with short notice.

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Those in favour of the project say additional recreational facilities are badly needed in the city.

Council will make an official decision this week.

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This article is part of the Municipalities Week.

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