With only two seasons under its belt, Walkerton’s million dollar soccer fields are already in need of upgrades.
This includes addressing drainage concerns, sprinkler heads protruding from the surface, field ruts and settling as well as severe crowning in Pitch 3 and 4.
The Bruce Power Regional Soccer Park held its grand opening last May (2017), which means the one year warranty on the fields has now expired.
Some members of Brockton council were frustrated at their last meeting, saying the town went to the extra expense of hiring an engineering firm in the hopes that there would be no field settling.
At this point, Brockton does not yet have a estimate of how much it will cost to address all of the soccer field concerns.
It's expected this will be a 2019 budget matter for the new Council.
The concerns regarding the soccer field conditions were originally voiced by the Walkerton Minor Soccer Club, citing issues with the irrigation system, the turf grass, and the parking lot entrance.
Brockton‘s Director of Operations and Recreation Supervisor as well as a representative from both companies involved in the
project have already met once this summer to discuss possible solutions to some of the concerns.
For now, Brockton council plans to reach out to both the engineering company as well as the contractor that created the fields to see if something can be worked out.