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Langara Golf Course – the oldest public golf facility in British Columbia – is getting a $3-million upgrade to its drainage system. The golf course has made headlines in recent months when Vancouver's mayor suggested the golf property be turned into a public park.
Tighter lawn-watering restrictions go into effect Tuesday in areas of British Columbia's Lower Mainland, about two weeks sooner than usual.
Ball players participating in a Mother's Day tournament in Oliver, B.C. will not be able to camp out on two fenced-in diamonds, even though organizers of the event have promised to make all necessary turf repairs at their own expense.
Windsor, Ont. has set aside $75,000 to purchase the equipment it needs to clean the city's park of goose excrement. “There's just no easy way to deal with Canada Geese," Mayor Drew Dilkens said.
Minor baseball, soccer and football athletes in West Kelowna, B.C. will be able to play games later in the day this season after lights were recently installed at the city sports fields. The lights were installed after the city received federal Canada 150 funding.
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.
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.

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