Town, school engage in sports turf war
School has safety concerns
The Town of Cornwall and Eliot River Elementary are in a dispute over who should control what happens at the Terry Fox Sports Complex, which is right next to the school, during school hours.
The sports complex is home to one to the largest sets of artificial turf fields on P.E.I. The national Under 16 girls Soccer Championships were held there earlier this month, and a few of those games took place during school hours. That angered parents and teachers at Eliot River Elementary.
"I don't think the town should have any power over what goes on on school property while our children are in school," said Pam MacLeod-Ramsay, who has a daughter at the school.
MacLeod-Ramsay is worried about the high volume of traffic going to and from the fields, and she's fearful of strangers roaming around the adjacent school grounds while games are being played.
The school wants the power to decide which events take place at the turf fields during school hours. Cornwall deputy mayor Corey Frizzell said the town listened to the school's concerns, and addressed them.
"The town's been meeting with the school officials for well over a year,"
"I have a son myself who's going to be going to that school soon. We would never do anything that would harm the school in any way or jeopardize the school's safety."
The town's position is it leases the fields from the school board and believes it has full authority to book the fields whenever it wants. Frizzell said the best the school can hope for is better lines of communication with the town over what will and won't be booked on the fields.