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Construction Work on Athletic Fields Master Plan Begins

On April 11 site work began on the athletic fields in preparation for the construction of a new field to be built with artificial turf at Trent University. The $2.1 million Phase 1 upgrade to the athletic facilities is a result of a partnership between students and administration, in which the student body voted in 2004 to provide financial support of a master plan to improve athletic facilities at Trent.

"The partnership between students and the administration will provide our students with access to the top quality facilities and services," said Bill Byrick, Director of Athletics. "By creating excellence in our athletic operations and creating incentives for students to come to Trent, we are creating a new sense of ownership and new partnerships with the local community." Part of the business plan will see an athletics reserve created so that there would be adequate funding on hand to replace the artificial turf in 12 years without an additional student levy.

Phase one of the athletics project includes construction of a stadium with artificial turf, lighting, and bleacher seating for 1,000. Adjacent to the Athletics Complex and close to the stadium will be a multi-purpose pavilion. On the east bank, two natural turf fields and a softball diamond will be constructed and an outdoor recreation area with equipment will be developed. These facilities will be constructed over the next five years with the new stadium field and track ready for use by August 26, 2005.

During the week of April 11, work will include the removal of the existing structures, the location of electrical utilities and the arrival of heavy construction equipment. Future activities will see the removal of top soil from the west bank to the east bank, the removal of existing light standards and the construction of a new track. In July, new artificial turf will be installed on the west bank with final landscaping and fencing completed in August before the beginning of school.

Posted April 14, 2005

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