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Sports pad to open this summer, park plans being developed

Orangeville's newest recreation facility is set to open this summer, if the weather co-operates. The outdoor sports pad, located in Brown's Farm Park, is in the final stages of construction and should soon be ready for a variety of sports.

The Orangeville Lion's Club, through community fundraising and a grant from the Trillium Foundation, is constructing the sports pad for community use. The Town and Lion's Club have entered into a five-year agreement which provides for the Town to operate the sports pad in partnership with the Lion's Club. The Lion's Club has requested that the sportspad be available fifty percent of the time for drop-in activities and fifty percent of the time for permitted uses.

There are no plans to light or flood the sports pad surface in the winter at this time. This will be based on the weather and volunteers to assist with maintaining the ice surface over the winter months.

The Town of Orangeville purchased the eight-acre property, located on Diane Drive, from the Upper Grand District School Board. The Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan identifies the need for a concept, budget and development plans for the property.

A public meeting was held on June 5, 2012 to gather input for the development of the property to expand the existing Brown's Farm Park. More than 60 local residents and representatives from Orangeville Minor Soccer, Lacrosse, Hawks Basketball and the Orangeville Lion's Club were in attendance. Residents expressed concerns about traffic and parking which they anticipate with increased activity in the park.

There was general support to develop the park and to add amenities which would complement the neighbourhood and community. Two concepts were displayed to generate discussion. These concepts are being revised, based on input received at the meeting, and draft concepts will be available for further comment over the summer months.

Written comments related to the development of Brown's Farm Park may be directed to Patrick D'Almada, Director of Parks and Recreation, at .


Last Updated June 7, 2012