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.