A new turf field is being built in Chilliwack.
The new field is a part of the south side elementary and middle school under construction along the Vedder River, which is to be named Stitó:s Lá:lém Totí:lt. It will be a synthetic turf field and user groups will be able to rent the facility outside of school usage.
The City of Chilliwack will be paying $3.75 million toward the new facility, split over 2021 and 2022. That cost will go toward the actual turf field, but also lighting, a washroom and storage building, a scoreboard and other amenities.
The school is expected to be open by September 2022.
The city and the Chilliwack School district also have an agreement in place for when the field needs replacing, perhaps 12 to 15 years from now. When that time comes, the city will pay 75 per cent of the costs, and the school district will pay 25 per cent. Replacement cost in today’s dollars would be between $1 and $1.5 million, according to a city staff report.
The city will be able to book time for user groups after 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday, and at all times on Saturdays, Sundays and non-school days. The city will also retain any revenue from that rental revenue.
This is not the first time the city and the school district have partnered in bringing a facility to life. Both the Sardis secondary track and the Chilliwack secondary playing field have similar agreements, among other fields which are shared by both parties.
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