User fees – the cost of maintaining outdoor sports facilities – aren't always the same from one municipality to the next. “It really depends on what the recovery mandate is for the individual community,” Mary Creighton, director of recreation services for the City of Markham, said. "Each municipality has a formula to determine recovery costs so there really is no right or wrong answer.”
Plans to build a new artificial turf soccer field at an Ottawa high school, complete with lights, fencing and a new track, have upset neighbouring residents to the point they are threatening to take legal action to stop the project. They are perturbed they were not properly consulted about the project and its implications and oppose the idea of a business taking over the field.
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."
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