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City to turf Minoru turf before summer

Big changes are in store for Richmond’s first artificial turf field, which is scheduled to be torn up in June.  - Matthew Hoekstra
Big changes are in store for Richmond’s first artificial turf field, which is scheduled to be torn up in June.
— image credit: Matthew Hoekstra

Richmond’s first artificial turf field is now scheduled to be ripped out in five months.

The 81,000 square feet of synthetic green fibres belonging to Minoru Park’s so-called Minoru 2 soccer pitch, which faces Granville Avenue, will be removed June 16, according to the city.

It’s part of some major changes coming to Richmond’s signature park. A new $79.6-million building, combining pool, pavilion and seniors centre facilities, is planned for the site and scheduled to be open July 31, 2017.

The city is now seeking to line up a contractor to install new artificial grass for a relocated Minoru 2 field. The contractor will also be responsible for laying new fibres on a redesigned Minoru 3 field—also known as Latrace Field.

The city is accepting bids until Feb. 6.

The $5.7-million field reconstruction project is forcing baseball off Latrace for the 2014 season, but city officials say the fields will be ready by Oct. 1—in time for the fall sports season.

Minoru 2 is used for soccer, field hockey and field lacrosse. The new Minoru 3 will be a larger field for soccer and baseball.

Base preparation for the fields is being completed through a separate request for proposals issued Wednesday. It calls for a contractor to design the field complex, install pathways, lighting and other structures—and ready the grounds for turf.

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