7:30 a.m., April 17)
councillor unveils $8M expansion plans for Millennium
By Fred Sherwin
A proposal to invest $8 million to expand Millennium
Park has been endorsed by local home builders which signed
a joint memorandum of understanding to front end 75 per
cent of the construction costs.
project, which is the brainchild of Cumberland Ward Coun.
Stephen Blais, would see Millennium Park get an artificial
turf field for soccer and football with stadium seating
and lighting, three more grass soccer fields, a 400-metre
track, a clubhouse for junior sports, a splash pad and
play zones, and more swing sets.
the memorandum of understanding the homebuilders, which
include Minto, Tamarack, Mattamy and Claridge, would design
and build the new facilities. In exchange they would take
on 75 per cent of the cost of the project, or $6 million,
wuth the understanding they they will be paid back through
an area wide development charge on all new home construction
in Orléans and the designated Cumberland urban
area. The city would put up the initial $2 million
to Blais. the partnership is worth $5 million which is
the amount that will be benefitted through the homebuilders'
involvement and leverage.
expansion is actully a $12 million project, but because
the home builders are doing all the work themselves they're
able to reduce the cost by $5 million," explains
this project is completed Millennium will be the premiere
destination for minor soccer and football in Ottawa,"
the Cumberland councillor added. "The additional
fields and the showcase turf field will allow for thousands
more children to participate in minor sports.
project was immediately hailed by local soccer and football
organizations which have been calling for additional fields
and an artificial turf for years.
more and more kids playing sports, the Cumberland Panther
family is ecstatic that Millennium Park will be expanded
to meet these demands, says Mark Ouellet, vice-president
of the Cumberland Panthers Football Club. Due to
Councillor Blais tireless efforts, our players will
now play at the best venue in our entire league."
comments were echoed by Cumberland United Soccer Club
president Anatoly Gann.
explosion of boys and girls playing soccer in the east
end has presented infrastructure challenges for our club,
said Gann We cannot thank Councillor Blais enough
for his unwavering support and vision for the Millennium
proposed project must still be approved by city council.
Blais is confident it will be passed in time to start
construction next spring.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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