New artificial turf field at Genesis Centre is a first for NE Calgary

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Work on a new artificial turf field at the Genesis Center, the first high-quality multi-purpose field for sports and leisure in northeast Calgary, began on Friday.

The replacement of the existing southern natural grass field is expected to be completed by the end of the year and will be open for public use in summer 2022. At the same time, the city is also rehabilitating the north lawn.

Coun. George Chahal, whose Division 5 includes the Genesis Center, said the field is a major northeastern recovery project. Calgary has more than 70 high quality man-made and natural sports fields, but none have been in the northeast.

“When I was first elected, I noticed that these fields (Genesis Center) were constantly being repaired and rehabilitated,” he said, adding that local residents had raised concerns about the lack of outdoor recreational opportunities.

“It serves many cultural festivals. It is important to note that these areas will improve opportunities for ethno-cultural communities in northeast Calgary to participate in sports, as well as community and cultural celebrations. “

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The project also includes improved lighting, seating and a walking path around the field.

“It’s so important that we have these fields near our home in northeast Calgary,” said Chahal.

“This is about justice and opportunities for our children, for our families and for those seniors who have the opportunity to use these sidewalks and benches.”

Sherry King, executive director of the Genesis Center, said the field will be the only artificial turf field that will be open to the public as long as it is not booked.

It is expected to be open from approximately April to November each year.

The project is costing $ 6 million, with the city, province, and Genesis Center sharing the cost.

In addition to the work in the fields, other improvements and amenities are also being considered, but these are not yet completed.

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