Upgrades to City Diamond at Victoria Park

Upgrades to City Diamond at Victoria Park Begin Friday
Posted on 05/21/2020
The City Diamond in Victoria Park will see some significant upgrades beginning Friday, May 22.

Council passed two resolutions during the monthly meeting in May to award the tenders for City Diamond light poles and fixtures replacement, as well as field upgrades.

City Diamond Light System replacement scope of work includes: removing the old lighting system, installing new poles, upgrading the wiring, installing new LED light fixtures, and a new control panel. The field is also being realigned to meet current standards/requirements for Peewee and Bantam play. These new lights will provide a higher quality field and the electrical operational costs will be reduced by fifty percent. The removal of the old light system will begin on May 22.

The Parks and Recreation Department is investing $356,000 for light poles and fixtures replacement, as well as $5,520 for engineering and professional fees. This project is possible with partnership funding from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) in the amount of $241,989.

“We are very excited to see this work begin as user groups and residents alike will benefit greatly from these much needed upgrades,” said Michell Tweel, chair of Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Activities. “This project would not be possible without the support of Federal funding through the ICIP, as well as a substantial investment from the City.”

Field upgrades will also be completed , including upgrading City Diamond to meet Peewee dimension requirements and minimal Bantam requirements. The scope of work for this phase includes: extending the sideline fences, replacing the outfield fence, increasing the infield size, adding a pitching mound, field conditioner, pitching mound bricks, new batters boxes and additional fencing to meet safety requirements. The investment for this work is $141,777.75 for the field upgrades and $14,374 for engineering and professional fees. The field upgrade work is scheduled to take place over the next month or so.

The overall total investment from the City of Charlottetown is approximately $500,000 and all the work is scheduled to be complete by the end of July 2020.

During this construction over the next few months, the Parks and Recreation Department is advising park users to use caution around the construction zone of Victoria Park. Signage and barricades will be in place and periodically there will be trucks moving materials in this area. No major disruption to traffic is anticipated at this time.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 902-368-1025.