Originally Posted by korzym
artificial turf for shouldice? Is it REALLY neccessary? Private money ought to fund this. Redistribution of wealth...at the expense of many for the benefit of few.
This will actually end up SAVING the city money. You can pay more games on artificial turf (more revenue from field rental) - they currently limit the number of game hours on natural grass so they don't completely destroy them.
Not to mention the elimination of maintenance costs like watering, grass cutting, line marking, etc. These are recurring costs that the city is actually incurring already that will be saved over the many years during the artificial turf's lifespan.
And - every few years one of the fields (they rotate) are be closed completely so they can completely re-lay new grass. Not cheap either.
Thousands of people play soccer in CUSA, CWSA, CMSA, commercial league. High school football and soccer is also played there. All pay to use the fields.
Very smart move by the city - including from a financial perspective.
By the same argument - I don't play hockey - yet the city spends my tax dollars on hockey rinks. I don't ever drive near a certain interchange. Why should I have to fund it with my tax dollars? I never use a certain LRT platform - why should I have to fund it?
I will, however, agree with you on the Imperial Oil site. I'm not familiar with the specifics when the site was in use, what the arrangement was with the city, etc. But on the surface you would think that it would be Imperial's mess to clean up.