Northwood Neighbourhood Services, which had its funding slashed last year, has caught a good bounce and rallied. The local social services agency has just announced that it will receive $135,000 from the Trillium Foundation to run athletic programs.
Northwood Neighbourhood Services… will now be able to provide such activities as volleyball, basketball and soccer as well as information sessions and indigenous music jams throughout the year.
“We really feel great,” said Wolday about the funding. “We’ll start as soon as possible.”
Passers-by were doing double takes the other day as a worker was seen watering the new artificial turf soccer field in Lions Park. The worker said that this is done every so often to keep the playing surface clean, much like scraping and flooding an ice rink. One thing is certain, the new field has been a big hit with players.
Thanks to two million dollars’ worth of Federal Government infrastructure funds, Weston can now boast of a FIFA standard soccer field in Lions Park. It’s almost complete – there just remains some upgraded lighting and proper fencing to keep stray soccer and baseballs away from each other. Oh and yes, goal posts will be coming too.
The pitch is pool-table level. Bulldozers worked for weeks scraping, compressing and flattening the ground. As for the playing surface, gone are the days of hard bristly artificial turf when players would risk abrasions and burns whenever they slid along the ground. This new material is very soft with a layer of shredded rubber between the fibres.
Lastly, you have to get down onto the surface to appreciate how soft and dry it is. The drainage is phenomenal. I was able to kneel without getting wet.
Players are looking forward to the opening of this world-class facility in spring.