Sportsplex takes another step forward

Darrell Cole
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Feasibility study to begin

A company has been hired to conducte a feasibility study for a proposed multi-use, multi-sport complex. 

AMHERST – The community effort to built a new multi-sport, multi-use all weather turf facility has taken another step forward.

DMA Planning and Management Services of Wolfville has been hired to conduct a feasibility study for the Cumberland Sportsplex Development Society.

“This is great news. It’s the second part of a three-part process we hope will lead to the development of the complex,” society steering committee chairman Andrew Wallis said Monday. “The feasibility study will look at things like site selection and what it’s going to take to construct such a facility.”

The consultants are expected in Amherst later this week to meet with the society’s steering committee.

A draft report is expected by December while a final report will be presented to the Town of Amherst and Municipality of Cumberland in January.

There’s no timeline for construction.

“That’s to be determined,” Wallis said. “The feasibility study will help us come up with a plan for funding. It’s good to position ourselves so that when funding does become available we’ll be shovel ready.”

Wallis said the society has had tremendous support from both the town and the county as well as the provincial departments of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism and Health and Wellness.

The Cumberland Regional Development Authority has served as the facilitator.

Last year, the Saint Mary’s Business Development Centre completed a needs assessment that recommended an outdoor facility with a synthetic surface. As part of the needs assessment, numerous potential partners and users were interviewed.

The multi-use facility would be similar to others built in Canada and would include soccer and football fields as well as a walking track around the outside.

The complex is expected to include lights, washrooms, accessibility and parking.

Organizations: DMA Planning and Management Services of Wolfville, Cumberland Sportsplex Development Society, Cumberland Regional Development Authority Business Development Centre

Geographic location: AMHERST, Saint Mary, Canada

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Recent comments

  • justagirl
    October 05, 2012 - 09:22

    I think this is a great idea, We have tons of kids from elementary to high school that will benifit from this. Not only in the amherst area, but springhill, river hebert, maccan, oxford. We have many people involved in sports in this town!!!

  • jr
    October 04, 2012 - 09:25

    I think that this would be a waste of tax payers dollars at this time. There are many other things that the same money could be sued for. I really don't think that this facility would get enough use to pay for itself. Where would it go? Where would the parking space come from? If you put it in place of another site, then you are even farther behind as you would then lose that site and its use. Someone needs to think ahead and look at the big picture.

  • Karma
    October 03, 2012 - 10:48

    Looks like the football coaches got some haters. I wonder why lol.

  • reg
    October 02, 2012 - 20:30

    Congratulations to the Town of Amherst and area for pushing ahead with this plan. To make possible these facilities to the youth as well as all people in the Amherst area speaks well for the forward looking approach of local movers and shakers. This can only contribute to businesses and industry wanting to locate in the area, when top rate facilties are available to the people of the area and enhancing the quality of life in Cumberland Co.

  • Andrew
    October 02, 2012 - 10:32

    This sounds like the perfect project to fill the old Enheat property. The sheer size of that property, plus its central location would make it the perfect site for this type of facility. I hope that this property is high on the list of candidate sites when the steering committee meets with the planners next week. IMHO

  • NO
    October 02, 2012 - 08:01

    NO NO NO NO. This is a waste of money. We do not have enough population to sustain such a facility. We have hockey, basketball and baseball. We have soccer that can be played on grass. I am all for creating a new field for soccer and football. BUT We don't need something like turf just for the sake of a football program that no one cares about and does soccer really need turf? In the big picture, it is all about money and NO NO NO to new taxes !!!

  • Jason
    October 02, 2012 - 07:54

    How is something like that affordable? We hear of cutbacks everywhere and basic infrastructure in need of replacement but the focus is on a football field?

  • Disgusted.....
    October 02, 2012 - 00:16

    another white elephant waste of time and you really think this project will work in Amherst, a place where the youth couldnt care less about sports and the adults only want a venue to brag about how good they are at coaching and to drink beer?!......yeah like this is gonna your dreams maybe.

    • reg
      October 03, 2012 - 20:55

      Couple of things....first you don't count your youth out. Amherst has plenty of young people involved in many sports as have many other communities, example Moncton. Something that invests in the quality of life is not a waste of time and Amherst and area will benefit from this type of sports development. Second River Herbert and their school are getting the short end of the stick the pressure should be keep on until the government lives up to their promise to finish this school.

  • bill
    October 01, 2012 - 16:26

    they should build this where the river hebert high school sets looks like there isn;t going be a new part built on