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Stay off the sports fields and keep out of some of the parks, residents of Prince George, B.C. are being told. The turf isn't yet ready for foot traffic after a rougher than normal winter.
A public hearing is being scheduled in Kamloops, B.C. to discuss a proposed campground that would be situated between two holes at the Eaglepoint Golf Course.
Even though the snow has largely melted from Steinbach, Man.'s sports fields, users are being told to stay off them for a while yet until they are sufficiently dry. "Those fields do a need a bit of time before they start taking a lot of wear and tear," Jason Peters of Steinbach Parks and Rec said. "It’s going to be a couple weeks before they’re all ready to go."
The Ontario Government has passed a law that will better protect Oakville, Ont.'s Glen Abbey Golf Club. "I am extremely pleased that the determination of Glen Abbey's future will be made locally, here in Oakville," local MPP Kevin Flynn said.
The City of Cornwall, Ont. wants to cut $95,000 from its municipal budget this year by reducing the number of times it mows grass in its city parks, but at least one councillor and Cornwall's medical officer of health argue the strategy will lead to increased populations of ticks.
Plans to install lights at Kitchener, Ont.'s Breithaupt Park in time for the start of this year's baseball season won't happen. When tendered, the city received only one bid which came in over budget and unable to meet the 2018 timelines.
Approval has been granted for the redevelopment of the Saginaw Golf Club in Cambridge, Ont. into 368 residential units, but neighbours of the property are ready to fight any new building. Those opposed to redevelopment claim it will lead to increased traffic in the area, a reduction in property values and the removal of valued open space.
The Souris Golf Club in Manitoba is asking for taxpayer support to help it overcome a debt load attributed to years of lost revenue due to flooding and the costs of a new clubhouse.
A province-wide elm tree pruning ban has gone into effect in Alberta as a means to stop the spread of Dutch elm disease. The ban is in effect from April 1 to Sept. 30. Any pruning that is to be done will have to wait until the winter months.
Toronto-area residents who install edge markers on their front lawns in an attempt to keep sidewalk plow operators on track are finding the practice to be a hit and miss exercise. Grass along the sidewalk edges is still being gouged. “The (city) councillors are more concerned about how many chickens one can have in their back yard than to take care of this problem," one irate resident said.
A proposed new bylaw in Owen Sound, Ont. will give the city the power to clean up private properties that have fallen to poor standards, including unkempt lawns. The bylaw also forbids the buildup of waste material, including grass or tree clippings, wrecked vehicles, discarded appliances and other garbage.
Plans to build two new artificial turf fields at Chapples Park in Thunder Bay, Ont. have been scrapped because federal funding has yet to be approved. Instead, the city will earmark its budgeted $1.25 million and rebuild its premier field on the site.
A new set of recommendations has been approved for user groups of sports fields and other facilities to abide by in Summerside, P.E.I. The updated recommendations include working with turf field users to determine contributions each group will pay toward a turf field improvement fund.
A $3.4-million project to build four identical baseball diamonds at a complex in Rocky View County in Alberta is on track to meet its fundraising goals, the municipality's policies and procedures committee has been told. The goal is to open the facility in the fall of 2019.
The City of Penticton, B.C. is asking its residents to cease operating their irrigation systems for the better part of the next two weeks during the connection of a new water supply pipe. Residents are being encouraged to adopt other water-saving measures during this period.
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