PUSLINCH ‒ As construction is set to start at the Puslinch Community Centre and Boreham park, the township anticipates related closures may follow.
Mike Fowler, director of public works, parks, and facilities announced the city would commence its parks master plan in the second week of June during a Parks and Rec committee meeting on Tuesday.
“I know a lot of people are looking for some family events and things on the grounds,” said Fowler. “(But) depending upon the progression of the construction, we may have to turn (you) away.”
According to Fowler, their first priority will be resurfacing the tennis courts as well as starting the Boreham Park playground.
“This is very exciting,” said Coun. Jessica Goyda, on the construction starting soon. “(This construction has) been a long time coming.”
Of venues facing closures, Fowler named the back soccer field and parking lot at PCC park, as well as "a possibility" some rentals may be "temporarily" turned away.
“The township apologizes but this is what happens when you take on a large project like this,” said Fowler. “We look forward to staying on schedule and being on track for next spring’s grand opening.”
Fowler anticipates that construction on the tennis courts will be completed mid-to-late July. Construction for a pedestrian walkway and “gathering plaza” will also begin soon.
“It’s going to be a very busy year,” said Fowler. “It’s going to be quite a challenge with everything from not interfering (with events and rentals) but we’ll do our best to keep everything fluid.”
The tender for construction was awarded earlier this month.
Isabel Buckmaster is the Local Journalism Initiative reporter for GuelphToday. LJI is a federally-funded program.