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City completes first year of Outdoor Sports Field Renewal Program – DiscoverMooseJaw.com

City completes first year of Outdoor Sports Field Renewal Program – DiscoverMooseJaw.com

The City of Moose Jaw completed a successful first year with its Outdoor Sports Field Renewal Program. 

The program was developed, in consultation with user groups, to develop a plan for capital projects for the city’s outdoor sports fields and prioritize capital projects. 

The city has over 60 outdoor sports fields with 10 major user groups and 2,146 participants registered within those programs as of last year. 

The renewal program was finalized in February 2023, with annual funding dedicated to capital projects. 

In 2023, the following projects were completed under the Outdoor Sports Field Renewal Program: 

  • New exterior siding on the buildings at Kinsmen Sports Complex at Caribou Heights. 
  • New bullpens and fencing top cap at Blackwell Diamond and Parkhill Park. 
  • New scoreboards at the Andrie and Vanstone Diamonds at Parkhill Park. 
  • Added players’ benches for the Learn to Play Diamonds at Optimist Park. 
  • Re-painted the light poles at Sanderson Diamond at Optimist Park. 
  • Pathway renewal throughout the Optimist Park and Parkhill Park diamonds. 
  • Installed new park signage and a baseball field map at Parkfill Park. 
  • Added a parking lot and pathways at the WDM ball diamonds. 
  • New corner pins for field lacrosse at the 1996 Summer Games Field. 
  • Outfield tree root removal and tree pruning and outfield fence repairs at Memorial Field. 
  • Tree pruning at Ross Wells Park and Parkhill Park. 
  • Infield shale levelling at Bell Park and Optimist Park. 
  • Bleacher repairs and painting, and outfield turf repairs at Optimist Park. 
  • Dugout anchoring at WDM diamonds. 
  • Washroom painting and refurbishing at Optimist Park and Kinsmen Sports Complex. 
  • Remove all city assets from the Lindale sports field and terminate the joint-usage agreement with Prairie South School Division. 

“Last year was our first year of the program. So, we were able to complete a number of different upgrades to our facilities. We really focused last year on some upgrades to Optimist Park as well as Parkhill Park, the baseball diamonds and Blackwell baseball diamond, which is at Kinsmen Regal Heights Park,” said Director of Park and Recreation Derek Blais.  

He added that all projects that the city set out to complete last year were done. 

In 2024, the following projects are scheduled to take place: 

  • Infield levelling, new shale, tree root removal and fence repairs at Bell Park. 
  • Tree pruning at Eddy Moore and Optimist Parks. 
  • Bleacher repairs at McCullough ball diamonds. 
  • Add more clay to Optimist Park ball diamonds to assist with water pooling. 
  • Gopher control and filling in gopher holes at WDM ball diamonds. 
  • Consultation with user groups on future use of Montgomery Diamond at Bell Park and the Wenman baseball diamond.  
  • Consultation with local school divisions on the plans for the school sites containing sports fields that will be decommissioned when the new joint-use school is constructed on South Hill. 

“2024’s biggest focus is on the Kinsmen Sports Complex, so that’s our facilities in Caribou Heights which includes Elks Field, as well as the ball diamonds at Eddy Moore Park. We have a number of different projects identified for our facilities in 2024,” said Blais. 

The Department of Sports and Recreation has budgeted $188,100 in capital funding for the 2024 Outdoor Sports Fields Renewal Program as well as $130,000 in funding from the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Club and Moose Jaw Minor Football through the new naming rights agreement two those two organizations. 

There is an additional $288,000 budgeted separately for the Ross Wells Park LED lighting upgrades. There is $60,000 earmarked from the city’s equipment reserve for new scoreboards at Elks Field and Eddy Moore Park.  

In total, the city has budgeted $406,110 for projects in 2024.