Public Feedback Sought on Options for Outdoor Field Sports Complex

October 23, 2015


Brandon, MB – Members of Brandon’s outdoor sporting community and the general public are invited to join the conversation as the City of Brandon studies the feasibility of a new outdoor field sports complex in Brandon.

Earlier this year, the City of Brandon and Province of Manitoba agreed to cost-share a $50,000 feasibility study on the viability of a new outdoor field sports complex to replace or improve upon the chronically-flooded Optimist Park. Administered by consulting firms, MNP LLP and HTFC Planning & Design, the feasibility study has included a number of workshops with various sport user groups and stakeholder organizations over the summer and early fall of 2015.

With a number of possible models in hand, the City of Brandon has scheduled a public open house for the evening of November 5th, 2015, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the T.E. Snure Multi-Purpose Room of the A.R. McDiarmid Civic Complex, 638 Princess Avenue.

“This feasibility study has allowed us to look at different scenarios for a new outdoor field sports facility in Brandon, including possible site locations, ownership models, project phasing, and even what other complementary recreation amenities might be possible in conjunction with such a project,” notes City of Brandon Manager of Parks Operations Bryce Wilson. “We now want the community to offer its thoughts about the proposed models, because its priorities are essential to the process of planning for the future of outdoor sport and recreation in Brandon.”

“Assisting in the creation of proper outdoor soccer and field sport facilities to meet the growing need in our community is one of ten priority areas contained within Brandon City Council’s Strategic Plan,” adds Brandon Mayor Rick Chrest.  “I and City Council are certainly looking forward to hearing the community’s feedback on the results of this feasibility study. It will take a true community effort to move such an idea forward, and we want to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard in the process.”

Those interested in participating in the November 5th open house are asked to access the A.R. McDiarmid Civic Complex via the building’s south doors. Parking is available to the south of the building.