I have to admit that I didn't think it would happen, but the artificial turf for Gordon Bell's sports field is now down ! To check out what the final version should look like see landscape architect Scatliff Miller & Murray's project page.
You may remember that back in 2008 Canada Post bought the site, formerly Midway Chrysler, for a new downtown letter carrier depot that would be needed when their sorting facility relocated to the airport. The community and some politicians intervened and Canada Post eventually settled on another site on McDermot Avenue.
The province purchased the site for $3.8 m (though this article says it was for $5.3 m) and spent another $1 million on demolition and site remediation. The school raised over $300,000 at various events and fund raising drives.
It hasn't all been smooth sailing. The School Division was initially cool on the project as the site was not large enough to hold a proper sized field became an issue. The fact that it fits comfortably on the lot leads me to believe it is not a regulation sized pitch.
Still, earlier this year the contract for the work was finally awarded and work got underway in the spring. Slowly but surely the "field of dreams" took shape.