Municipality begins construction on soccer field house
The Municipality of Chatham-Kent has started construction on a new field house behind the Health and Family Services Building on Lark Street in Chatham.
Municipal officials say the project is the result of a partnership between the Municipality, the Chatham Youth Soccer Association, Community Living Chatham-Kent, and the CK Public Health Unit.
“We’re very fortunate to have such a great working relationship with our community groups. They not only identified an important need, they assisted with the funding and ongoing operations.” said Deborah Veccia, Supervisor for Chatham Parks and Horticulture.
The field house will provide fully accessible washrooms, a canteen, and a new storage area for the Chatham Youth Soccer Association. The soccer fields are currently serviced by four portable toilets, while youth soccer equipment is stored off site. The new canteen will be operated by Community Living Chatham-Kent as part of their skills training program.
“The facility provides a service to 1,250 boys and girls weekly,” said Martin Aarts, the Administrative Director of CYSA. “Up to 800 players and spectators can attend on a soccer night.”
The $420,000 project received contributions of $75,000 and $35,000 from the Chatham Youth Soccer Association and the Public Health Unit respectively.
“Public Health is delighted to see this project move forward. Several years ago, the Public Health Unit had funding within it’s Cancer Prevention Program for shade initiatives; this was a great opportunity to increase access to shade for the many children and families who attend events on the soccer fields,” stated municipal officials in a media release.
The balance is funded from the 2017 Capital Budget and Parkland Reserve.
The field house is scheduled to be open by spring 2018.