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<br />REPORT TO: Community & Infrastructure Services Committee <br />DATE OF MEETING: March 6, 2017 <br />SUBMITTED BY: Denise McGoldrick, Director, Operations – Environmental <br />Services (741-2600 x4657) <br />PREPARED BY: Mark Parris, Landscape Architect (741-2600 x4397) <br />WARD(S) INVOLVED: 4, 10 <br />DATE OF REPORT: February 23, 2017 <br />REPORT NO.: INS-17-008 <br />SUBJECT:Ball Diamond Improvements Update <br />___________________________________________________________________________ <br />RECOMMENDATIONS: <br />That the four ball diamonds and one blast ball diamond located in Upper Canada <br />Park be realigned with upgraded playing fields, back stops, irrigation and <br />infrastructure for future lights; and <br />That lights be installed at two ball diamonds in Breithaupt Park to address the <br />immediate need for ball diamond inventory and to begin to close the gap between <br />demand and availability of diamond inventory as part of a longer-term, city-wide <br />ball diamond inventory management strategy. <br />BACKGROUND: <br />The Upper Canada Park Master Plan was completed in 2015 and took a comprehensive <br />look at how to complete necessary upgrades to aging recreational infrastructure while <br />addressing community needs for the surrounding park space in an efficient and cost <br />effective manner. Appendix B provides a summary of the master plan recommendations <br />and estimated costs. <br />Through the design process for the master plan implementation, detailed cost estimates <br />(class “b”) were completed and identified that the sportsfield elements could not be <br />completed within the approved budget. The higher costs were primarily due to lighting <br />costs, impact of floodplain requirements (cut/fill balance for grading) and AODA <br />requirements to include the pedestrian pathways around the sportsfields. <br />On July 7, 2016 an update was provided to council identifying that as a result of the <br />higher costs, the project was paused to allow time to re-evaluate the approach for <br />Upper Canada Park redevelopment to ensure that any scope changes would minimize <br />impacts to users and meet the overall goals of the project. <br />*** This information is available in accessible formats upon request. *** <br />Please call 519-741-2345 or TTY 1-866-969-9994 for assistance. <br />5 - 1 <br /> <br />