Belmont Secondary is putting in a turf field thanks to a generous donation from the City of Langford. The new field will allow athletics programs and various groups to use the field year-round.
“This is a significant contribution to the school district and to our community,” says Ravi Parmar, SD62 Board Chair. “We’re fortunate to have a strong partnership with Mayor Young and Langford Council – we can’t thank them enough for going above and beyond to make this possible for our school community.”
The existing Goudy Field artificial turf surface will be relocated to Belmont Secondary School where it will replace the natural grass field that is currently not usable during periods of heavy rain in the winter months.
“Adding a turf field at Belmont is great news for students and great news for Langford,” said Mayor Young. “Langford is committed to working in partnership with Sooke School District 62 to provide year-round sporting opportunities for students and the sporting community.”
If the City or the School District were to purchase and prepare lands for an artificial turf field at another location, the costs would be upwards of $1.2 – 1.5 million. The City’s donation is valued at almost $400,000.
The City of Langford had previously budgeted for a replacement artificial turf surface for the Goudy Field to bring the facility up to standards set by international sporting bodies for rugby and soccer.
Construction to ready the current field at Belmont has already started. Depending on winter weather, the new turf field will be installed over the winter and ready for use nearing the end of January.
“This is a perfect time of year to have the turf installed,” says Jim Lamond, Belmont Secondary School Principal. “With heavy rain and soggy weather through the fall and winter, our PHE classes and athletic teams have had difficulty using the grass field due to the conditions. The turf field will be a great addition to our school, specifically our PHE classes and athletics programs, who will now be able to use the field year-round.”
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