Brand New Multipurpose Courts Could be Coming to Brampton
From splash pads to massive parks, there are a ton of outdoor spaces in Brampton for residents to enjoy. Multipurpose courts are typically located at schools and recreation centres in Brampton, and now, a new set of courts could be built at a secondary school in our city.
According to recent City Council documents, the City is proposing a partnership with the Peel District School Board (PDSB) for a shared use multipurpose court at Judith Nyman Secondary School. The school sits beside Terry Miller Recreation Centre, in the area of Williams Parkway and Bramalea Road.
To renovate the existing and unused tennis courts at Judith Nyman for general public use outside of school hours. That includes community programming and sports group use, and for residents in general.
Basically the outdoor tennis courts would be renovated to allow for a full and fenced basketball court, four practice basketball courts, and even a dedicated ball hockey rink, including some court resurfacing, fencing, and basketball and hockey nets.
“Multipurpose Courts are an effective way to add capacity to meet field needs of the community,” read council documents dated June 6, 2018.
The new project is in line with the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan.
“Increasing the City's inventory of Multipurpose Courts assists in meeting the additional requirements that have been preliminarily identified in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.”
Last year, the City and PDSB discussed new development in terms of artificial turf sports fields, and that’s when the opportunity came up to develop the courts at Judith Nyman.
“The existing tennis courts at the school were underutilized and in disrepair and the PDSB was planning on converting the space to a mixed use facility,” read the documents.
“The City was presented with an opportunity to partner with the PDSB in exchange for exclusive use, outside of school hours for public use, community programming and sports group use. The partnership, when consummated, will be similar in nature to the ones already in existence at David Suzuki Secondary School and Jean Augustine Secondary School.”
PDSB has already secured partial funding, and the City plans to contribute $100,000. That’s 50 per cent of the cost to renovate the existing tennis courts.
The plans for new courts are still in their proposal phase. If approved, the City and PDSB could consider similar partnerships at other school sites in high growth areas of Brampton.
Construction could begin as soon as summer 2018.
What do you think of the plan?
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