New synthetic turf field approved

A $1.5-million turf field will be installed at the new Abbotsford Collegiate School, addressing growing demand in the community.

A $1.5-million turf field will be installed at the new Abbotsford Collegiate School, addressing growing demand in the community.

To be built in 2013, it will be lined for soccer, field hockey, field lacrosse and American football.

The school will also feature a sand-based sports field, and change room/washroom facility, funded by the school district.

Maintenance of the synthetic field is estimated at $10,000 annually, with an additional $24,000 per year for the change room facility. The district will contribute $3,000 annually to field maintenance.

While located on school property, the city will have priority access to the new turf from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on all weekdays, and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends (September through June). During July and August, as well as spring break and statutory holidays, the city has access from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Abbotsford currently has one artificial turf field, at W.J. Mouat secondary.