Calgary Recreation is moving forward with plans to redevelop Tom Brook Athletic Park in 2017. Redevelopment of the park will replace the existing ball diamond with a rectangular artificial turf field. Additional parking will also be added to the north of Southland Leisure Centre.
Originally planned to begin in the spring of 2017, construction is postponed until 2018. Early project planning identified the need for a formal land use review. The review will resolve any inconsistencies in land use designation before we proceed with redevelopment in 2018.
Sport groups will not be impacted this season, but the athletic park will be closed from the spring of 2018 until the spring of 2019. Staggering this work with other projects underway throughout the city in 2017 will minimize the impact.
Tom Brook Athletic Park was identified as a strategic location for artificial turf based on the amenities at Southland Leisure Centre that make this an appealing multisport tournament venue while optimizing programmable space.
As part of the redevelopment, we will relocate the existing playing field to the northwest corner of the park and replace it with an artificial turf field. The existing ball diamond will be replaced with a second artificial turf field located in the northeast corner of the park and parking will be added to on the north side of Southland Leisure Centre.
Impacts to the community
We understand that construction of the new park will have an impact on the community and will do our best to minimize disruption and ensure the safety of our neighbours. Information about staging and access will be shared once a work plan and schedule is confirmed.
Sport field strategy and review
The City of Calgary Parks
stewards 434 rectangular fields, 417 ball diamonds, and 7 cricket pitches (Class D). Parks also has the ability to book an additional 229 rectangular fields and 161 ball diamonds located on school sites (Class E).
Through extensive public and stakeholder engagement, Calgary Parks is working to develop a Sport Field Strategy
to ensure Calgary’s sport fields are accessible to all Calgarians. The goal of the study is to streamline processes and better align the management and accessibility of these valued spaces.