West campus home to Queen's second artificial turf
Construction has begun on a new artificial turf field at west campus that will support the university’s varsity and recreation programs.
“The new field allows the men’s and women’s varsity rugby teams to compete in the 2011 season uninterrupted while Nixon Field (formerly Kingston Field) is being redeveloped. It will also add much-needed capacity for our varsity and recreational programming,” says Leslie Dal Cin, Director, Athletics and Recreation.
The $3.1-million project, funded largely through philanthropy, is slated for completion by the end of August.
“The university greatly appreciates the generosity of alumni and Queen’s supporters who recognize the importance of varsity sports and recreation opportunities for our students. This project will ultimately support the development of west campus as a vital and integral component of the Queen’s environment,” says Vice-Principal (Advancement) Tom Harris.
The new field on west campus is located in the former northeast parking lot. To replace the parking spaces, a small lot will be constructed near the community gardens beside the stone house. Some existing parking spaces will also be moved to maximize their use.
The project is one of two new artificial turf fields planned for campus. A synthetic playing surface will be installed over Nixon Field once repairs to the Queen’s/KGH parking garage are complete. Fundraising is underway for the Nixon Field project and the targeted completion date is September 2012.
Once the two projects are finished, Queen’s will have three artificial turf fields including Tindall Field. As a result, the available amount of programmable field time will grow immediately for community and university members from an estimated 900 hours per year on grass fields to 6,300 per year.