Shouldice Athletic Park is home to several baseball and softball leagues and events. Improvements to the ball diamonds help protect the quality of the fields for future generations of athletes while improving user experience and player safety.
An assessment of the outfields for ball diamonds 3 – 6 revealed the need for remediation to improve surface quality and player safety. Field remediation will occur at the same time as irrigation system upgrades and will not impact the construction schedule for this project, which is planned to begin in July of 2016. The scope of work includes removing exposed tree roots from the perimeter of the playing surface and leveling the "lip" between the infields and outfields. The entire playing surface will then be resodded.
Irrigation system upgrades
A review of existing irrigation systems identified the ball diamonds at Shouldice Athletic Park as being among those sites in the most urgent need of upgrades. Upgrades will improve the operating efficiency of the park and help protect the quality of the fields for future use. Once completed, the project will reduce the potential for field downtime caused by system failures and allow athletic park users uninterrupted play.
Construction scope and impacts
The scope of work for both projects includes replacing in-ground infrastructure and mechanical equipment beneath the diamonds (irrigation upgrades), and trenching around the perimeter to excavate exposed tree roots (field remediation).
Please note that while it is our intention to minimize the closure, this work is dependent on in-ground conditions and weather, including ground frost duration.
The decision to begin work in July is based on the need to accommodate sport groups for the 2016 spring season. Beginning construction in July means the ball diamonds will likely be under construction for the bulk of the 2017 spring season. It is our hope that by delaying this impact by one year, sport groups will have time to make arrangements for the spring 2017 season. Our staff are working closely with sport groups to identify alternate booking locations within our inventory, where possible.
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