Busy recreation construction season in Strathroy-Caradoc

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The timeline for skaters, bmx and scooter riders was the end of June for the new all wheels park at the Strathroy fairgrounds. Now it is looking more like things will get done by mid-July, said Lilbourne at the Strathroy community development advisory committee on May 24.

There is up to four feet of topsoil in some areas, which is a lot more moving of earth than anticipated. With the extra work to also backfill what is taken out, plus removing some footing from an old grandstand that were buried, that means there will be more cost and a delay in finishing the all wheels park.

On the other side of the grounds, the sand is in and the nets are up. Play was set to start this week at the Jacob Damen memorial volleyball courts.

“We’ve got enough teams for the women’s and the coed leagues, and then we’ve got a youth and adult program on Tuesdays,” said Supervisor of recreation programs and community liaison Paul Lattimore.

Lattimore described the sand as feeling like memory foam. Women play Mondays, and the coed teams go Thursdays.

In between the skaters and the volleyball players, the surface is done at the Vaughan MacPherson memorial outdoor basketball court, named after the long-time coach and teacher at Strathroy District Collegiate. A logo will soon go in and nets will be put up.

Mt. Brydges’ own pickleball and tennis courts are well on their way as well, with a completion date of mid to late-August.

Back in Strathroy, windscreens will be going up on two sides of the tennis courts surrounded by all this new activity.

Chris Gareau, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner

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