BROCKTON – Council commended Mark Coleman, director of community services, for his efforts in securing the Investment in Canada Infrastructure (ICIP) grant for the soccer park washroom and equipment storage building.
Council approved a bylaw coming forward to enter into a transfer payment agreement for the project.
The successful application was made to construct a 1,583 sq. ft. accessible washroom, changeroom and concession building at the Bruce Power Regional Soccer Park in the East Ridge business park.
The municipality will receive $352,032 from the federal government and $293,330.66 from the provincial government, for a total of $645,362.66 towards the project.
Coleman said in his report, “This project is very exciting and will support healthy, active living for a large number of our residents and youth development throughout Brockton.”
Coun. James Lang commented, “There’s a great opportunity here!”
Coleman was asked about the design, and if the hike in the cost of construction materials would have an impact. He replied that there is “some wiggle room” but won’t know if the square footage will need to be adjusted until the RFP process. He said he plans to tender a portion of the project (water and sewer) in 2022.
There is $240,000 set aside by the municipality for the $800,000 project.
Lang noted the recreation group stands behind the project and is “prepared to take on challenges.”
Coun. Steve Adams focused on the $250,000 that will come from local ratepayers and said he is “fundamentally against” the expense.
Market Garden gets funding
The soccer park funding wasn’t the only piece of good news in the area of recreation.
Coleman reported the municipality has been successful in securing a grant from the Canada Community Revitalization Fund through FedDev of Southern Ontario for the downtown parkette known as the Market Garden, in the amount of $55,281.
Coleman said site work is set to begin this fall.
This is the second grant that the municipality has applied for, to help with the project. Coleman said they’re still awaiting word on an $89,000 grant application.
Adams noted the park was an ideal location for last winter’s Christmas Market, and wondered if it could be used again this year.
Coleman said he’d try to see that the park is in a state where it could be used at Christmas.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times