New Soccer Field Coming to City Centre
Soccer fans, we've got some good news for you!
The City of Mississauga recently announced that, following the implementation of a successful pilot project last year, it's entered into a nine-year sponsorship agreement with The Daniels Corporation to build an outdoor soccer pitch.
As for how it works, The GreenCourt pitch is a durable welded aluminum design soccer system that is 15 metres by 30 metres. It includes artificial turf surface, soccer boards, two goals and netting and can be reconfigured to smaller dimensions. The pitch, which will be named the Daniels Community Field (after the development company that has built a number of properties in the area), will be established in the city's bustling City Centre neighbourhood.
“As a soccer enthusiast and advocate of outdoor sports and recreation, I am thrilled to be able to announce this upcoming installation of a boxed soccer pitch for the residents of Ward 4 and for those living within the downtown,” said Ward 4 Councillor John Kovac. “This is exactly what I had envisioned for our downtown core, not just a public amenity but a boxed soccer pitch that will rival the ones that I have seen in urban, European locales. This will be the very first of its kind here, not just in Mississauga but in all of Canada! I am proud of the work that has gone into securing this partnership and I look forward to continuing to promote active and healthy lifestyles here in our city.”
The pitch will be located at Prince of Wales Dr. and Living Arts Dr. for a minimum of three years.
It is transferable to other locations and could be moved should Daniels need to place it elsewhere before the completion of the nine-year agreement.
"The feedback we received from the community was incredibly supportive. Many felt that the pitch instilled a sense of community, creating a place where residents of all ages and abilities could enjoy watching or playing soccer," said Laura Piette, Director, Parks and Forestry. "We received many resident inquiries asking when the pitch would be put back up after we completed the pilot, so we knew we had backing from the community to pursue this initiative. Bringing back the pitch allows us to provide an outdoor space for play in an area where parkland is limited and population density is high. By utilizing Daniels' land, the City will maintain full use of Community Common Park for City programs including Let's Play in the Park."
Mississauga is responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of the soccer pitch. Daniels will be responsible for the initial costs of the pitch, land preparation, landscaping, lighting and seating.
The pitch will be available to residents on a drop-in basis.
"As part of our long-standing corporate philosophy, Daniels builds with a passion for creating vibrant communities, like the community we are currently creating in Mississauga's City Centre," said Jacob Cohen, Vice President, Implementation for The Daniels Corporation. "We have a long-standing history in Mississauga, having built more than 3,000 homes over the past two decades in the downtown core alone. And, we are delighted to be back in this community with new homeownership opportunities. By investing in the community field, we are helping to build a stronger urban neighbourhood for all ages by supporting a lifestyle that includes physical activity."
The sponsorship arrangement will start on July 1, 2017. Daniels anticipates that the boxed soccer pitch will be in place late this summer.