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Opponents of artificial turf project on Barrie’s waterfront plan rally at city hall

Project proceeded with little public notice, opponents argue

May 22, 2024  By Turf & Rec



Although the City of Barrie, Ont. has essentially approved the construction of an artificial turf field and local Sea Cadets parade ground on the city’s waterfront, those opposed to the project aren’t going down without a fight.

A rally is being planned at city hall on May 29 when opponents of the project will voice their concerns that there was inadequate public consultation in moving forward with plans. They argue there was no press release issued, no public meetings scheduled and no signage posted at the waterfront location at Military Heritage Park.

The project is a $9.15-million venture that will measure 100 metres by 154 metres.

Those opposed to the field and parade ground project say there are other locations in Barrie that should have been considered. The chosen site, they say, is a sensitive area serving as a natural habitat and food source for thousands of organisms.

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It’s also argued that a synthetic turf surface will leave a high carbon footprint.

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This article is part of the Municipalities Week.

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