The 2013 Flood caused damage to all three artificial turf (AT) fields at Shouldice Athletic Park. While interim repairs allowed for their continued use, a permanent solution is required to ensure the longevity of the fields for future generations of athletes.
In 2014, The City of Calgary hired a consultant to investigate the extent and cause of the damage. Results show that significant groundwater movement during the flood displaced sub base materials, causing sinkholes and surface depressions. Frost movement, exacerbated by the natural geology of the river valley and Calgary’s unique climate, also contributed to heaving.
The consultant recommended that all three fields be replaced. Resiliency measures have also been recommended to prevent future damage.
Construction will be staggered to ensure two artificial turf fields remain playable at all times. The order in which the fields are restored will allow for improvements to the current stormwater drainage system and protect the fields against potential future flooding. Proposed phasing is as follows:
Phase 1: Encana Field (2016)
Phase 2: Hellard Field (2017)
Phase 3: Stampeder Field (2018)
For more information, please contact 311 or check out these Questions & Answers.
Impacts to Users
Two natural turf rectangular fields (fields 17 and 18) will be closed for the duration of the project. The fields are needed for material storage and staging during restoration of the artificial turf fields.
We are working closely with sport groups and community partners to investigate alternate booking locations during construction.
There will be some temporary service disruptions (i.e. parking, lighting, site access); however, these will be planned and executed to occur at off peak times to minimize impacts to users.
We recognize the impact that ongoing construction has for neighbouring residents and ask for your patience as we work to minimize disruptions. The contractor adheres to The City's Community Standards Bylaw, 5M2004 for hours of operation, material storage and construction best practices, including dust mitigation. If you have questions, please contact 311.
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