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New sports field planned for northeast Calgary will boost accessibility for local neighbourhoods

A new sports field to serve northeast Calgary communities has been a long time coming.

The facility will be the first of its kind in the northeast

The Genesis Centre’s south field will be transformed into a modern artificial turf field with new facilities. It will be the first field of its kind in the northeast. (City of Calgary)

A new multi-purpose sports field to serve northeast Calgary communities is coming to the popular Genesis Centre community hub in Martindale.

There are nearly 80 similar fields in other parts of the city, but this will be the first one for residents of the far northeast.

The new project includes an artificial field, new lighting, fencing and bleachers.

The facility can used into the evenings and will extend the playing season around the winter months for sports like soccer, field hockey and football, without the maintenance required by a grass field.

"Just having this new artificial turf really escalates us to an A-class field — and there isn't one in the northeast, and that really opens up our area to the community and allows organizations to bring events to our area," said Sherry King, executive director of the Genesis Centre.

"We're hoping to also upgrade the north field a little bit so it's a bit better for everybody."

Funding came from the provincial government, the city and the Genesis Centre, each providing $2-million for a total cost of $6-million.

A city plan shows the new facility and included improvements like lights and fencing. (City of Calgary)

The project was one of Ward 5 Coun. George Chahal's first notices of motion in 2018 and a cause close to his heart.

"There are 78 class A and B fields in Calgary and this is the first one in northeast Calgary east of the Deerfoot," said Chahal.

Chahal said it's important for sports and recreation in Calgary and for equity amongst residents.

The field will mean northeast Calgarians will have the same access to the type of good quality sports fields the rest of the city has been accustomed to for many years.

"I'm so happy to see that, with the support of city council, the Genesis Centre, and the province, that we have a very good partnership and that this has been recognized as a very good project to improve the lives of local residents," Chahal said.

Construction is due to start next spring, completed by the end of 2021 and ready for community use in spring 2022.

The city is still gathering public input via the City of Calgary website.

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