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REPORT TO: Community and Infrastructure ServicesCommittee <br />DATE OF MEETING: January13, 2020 <br />SUBMITTED BY: Denise McGoldrick, General Manager, INS, 519 741 2600 <br />PREPARED BY: Niall Lobley, Director, Parks & Cemeteries, 519 741 2600 4513 <br />WARD (S) INVOLVED: All <br />DATE OF REPORT:December12, 2019 <br />REPORT NO.: INS 20-001 <br />SUBJECT: Additional Federal Gas Tax – Woodside Park & SportsfieldsAllocation <br />__________________________________________________________________________________________ <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />That staff be directed to reallocate Federal Gas Tax money (as noted below) from the <br />Woodside Park project as outlined in Financial Services Department report FIN-19-039 <br />toward spot enhancements to the artificial turf to extend the asset lifespan (Option2): <br />and, <br />That staff be directed to reallocate the residual funds from the Woodside Park project <br />towards additional enhancements to Woodside Park outlined as Option 3 in Infrastructure <br />Services Department report INS-20-001; and further, <br />That staff be directed to reallocate the residual funds from the Woodside Park project <br />towards Option _______ (3a or 3b) as outlined in report INS-20-001. <br />BACKGROUND: <br />In May2019, Council endorsed allocation of $6.9M of additional Federal Gas Tax income toward <br />nine infrastructure related projects. One of these projects was Woodside Park with an allocation <br />of $1.1M to installa new exit from the parking lot to Highland Road and thereplacement of the <br />artificial turf on the two fields within the park. <br />The City of Kitchener currently hasfour outdoor artificial turf fields. Two operational fieldsat <br />Woodside Park were installed in 2011 and saw first use in 2012. Two new fieldsat Schlegel Park <br />and will see their first operational season in 2020. Artificial turf offers advantages over regular <br />fields in supportingsports programming, offering extended seasons of use, the ability to support <br />heavier use and areless impacted by wet weather.This means that artificial turf offers the <br />greatest amount of programmable time among sports fields inventory. <br />The fields installed at Woodside have a warranty lifespan of eight years, based on good <br />management and maintenance practices. 2020 will see the ninth season of use commence. <br />These fields are heavily used, and exposed to a wide rangeof weather conditions and staff have <br />6 - 1 <br />