New football field and running track will open this year at Mississauga high school

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Published April 4, 2023 at 1:39 pm

Image shows what the new artificial turf football field and running track will look like when it opens this year at Lincoln Alexander Secondary School in Mississauga. (Image: City of Mississauga)

A new multi-sport facility that includes an artificial turf football field, a four-lane running track and three-on-three basketball courts will soon open at a north Mississauga high school.

The $1.3-million complex is expected to open sometime in the coming months at Lincoln Alexander Secondary School in Malton.

It’s a joint project between the City of Mississauga, Peel District School Board and Ontario government.

Plans to build the sports facility were first announced nearly one year ago.

Mississauga Ward 5 Councillor Carolyn Parrish said in a post to social media this week that the eagerly anticipated facility in her ward also includes nighttime lighting and will be enjoyed by both students and the entire Malton community.

In addition to use by students and members of the community, the new sports complex is also expected to provide better training opportunities for track and field athletes in Mississauga.

Mississauga-Malton MPP Deepak Anand, who was on hand for the April 2022 announcement, noted at the time that the Malton area has turned out an Olympic champion in the past.

And now, with improved training grounds, the future for more athletes looks brighter, he added.

“Mississauga-Malton is proud to be home to Carlton Chambers, retired sprint athlete from Canada and a winner of a gold medal in the 4-x-100-metre relay at the 1996 Sumer Olympics,” said Anand last year. “With this historic investment, we hope to foster the importance of community, healthy lifestyles, sportsmanship and train Olympic athletes right here in Malton.”

Chambers attended nearby Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Secondary School and is a member of  the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

Ascension, meanwhile, and its students and community will also benefit from a new sports facility.

A new, badly needed track and field complex that’s been talked about for some five years was finally given the go-ahead several weeks ago.

Parrish appeared relieved more than anything else at a recent meeting of the City’s general committee when councillors gave a unanimous green light to a $3.3-million lit sports facility to be built right next to Ascension.

The joint-use facility featuring an artificial turf field and synthetic four-lane track is being built by the City in partnership with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board.

It’s expected to open in 2024.

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