Southwest Sports Complex Project
In response to the current and anticipated demand, in 2011, the City of Brantford together with a consultant team reviewed the design opportunities for a 94 hectare property on the north side of Shellard Lane in the Southwest area of the City. The team proposed development for residential, commercial and institutional uses as well as a fulsome recreational facility comprised of playing fields, parkland, playgrounds, picnic shelters, trails and parking. The addition of a community centre with a library, gymnasium and multi purpose rooms is also being considered.
Phase 1- Design Work Begins:
As a result of a series of public consultations held in fall 2015 to collect input and identify priorities, we are excited to share that Phase 1 will include the design of lit ball diamonds, a splash pad, a playground, a field house, a picnic shelter, site grading, a storm water management plan, roadways, parking and trails. In March 2016, Brantford City Council approved funding to proceed with the design of the Phase 1 recreation components. Follow-up studies will be part of the initial phase to learn more about the site’s make-up.
As the lands are currently agricultural, there are two (2) watercourses that border the land in addition to forest and low-lying areas identified as environmentally sensitive. A documentation of the migratory bird, animal and vegetation species occupying the property will take place in Spring 2017. Given the lands may also contain significant archaeological artifacts, an exploratory archaeological study will be carried out prior to any development.
The City looks forward to working closely with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture as well as the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) prior to beginning construction activities on site. Construction - Phase 2 of the project is anticipated to begin in 2017, pending Council approval of the design and estimated project costs.
Phase 1 Project Timeline:
- Engage the Prime Design team - Fall 2016
- Complete the property line and Topographical survey - July 2016
- Complete the Geotechnical investigation - July 2016
- Complete the Archaeological investigation - August 2016
- Complete the Environmental investigation - Spring 2017
The Project Team
In preparation for design development, the City is working with a surveyor and Geotechnical Engineering firm to conduct a property line and topographical survey, as well as an investigative report on soil conditions and identified groundwater levels. Most recently, an Archaeological and Environmental Consultant has also joined the project team to develop a Stage 2 archaeological assessment and a comprehensive report on existing natural vegetation and wildlife with field work currently underway.
These background studies, drawings and reports will serve to inform the Prime Design team when they beginwork on the Phase l design.
North of Shellard Neighbourhood Plan & Recreation/Sports Field concept plan PDF 3.6MB (opens new browser window)
North of Shellard Recreation/Sports Complex - General Site Map (opens new browser window)
If you have questions, would like to participate in this project, or would like further information, please feel free to contact the following project team members.
Parks and Recreation Main Office
1 Sherwood Drive, Brantford ON N3T 1N3
Designated Project Manager
Colliers Project Leaders
905-639-2425 ext. 252
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