More Kerwood Park upgrades coming

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The drawings for phase two improvements at Kerwood Park have been approved.

Added to the plan is a pickleball court beside the basketball court, assuming it fits in the approved budget. Also coming is a possible outdoor ice rink built with the help of the Optimist Club if an agreement is passed this summer.

Ball diamonds work would include new red clay, fencing and lighting — no more centre field light standard obstacle. Removing the light standard also allows two full-size soccer fields.

Dugouts and bleachers would be built, the parking lot paved and a sidewalk made connecting to the playground.

Public works manager Coulter Cahill also said staff is looking at another vehicle entrance by the new washrooms connecting to the main road.

The plan is to get some bids in quickly and get construction going in September, with everything done by the end of the year.

Phase one is pretty much done and saw the construction of new accessible washrooms and a covered gathering place with a kitchenette. The official opening is scheduled for June 3 at 2pm.

The total estimated cost for phase two is $426,000, which includes new maintenance equipment and electronic signage. The Township plans to pay $239,000 of that with the federal Community-Building Fund.

A new phase three for next year is being looked at after a few things came up outside of the current budget. Some of it might be at least partly covered by grant opportunities, including an electric vehicle charging station.

The report by CAO Morgan Calvert and Cahill said the barn should be considered for either significant work or replacement. The south pavilion could also get a new roof and work done on the posts to get it looking like the new pavilion.

“Looking at the plans it seems like you guys looked at every aspect of what a user would do from parking on the side of the road to being in the parking lot, to how to navigate around it. It’s really well done,” said Mayor Kurtis Smith at the May 16 meeting where the plan was unanimously approved.

Chris Gareau, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner

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