City of Nanaimo to step up spending on stadium equipment – Nanaimo News Bulletin
The city of Nanaimo looks forward to the sporting seasons next summer, but in the meantime there is plenty to do, including $ 864,000 in short-term plaza work.
The city’s finance and audit committee recommended increasing the budget for the Stadium District Square – the area between Serauxmen Stadium, NDSS Community Land, and the Rotary Bowl – from $ 350,000 to $ 1, $ 16 million. The city will pay for the project by reallocating money already in the five-year financial plan, including delaying plans to install artificial turf at the baseball stadium.
Art Groot, director of facilities and parks operations, said that since the city identified the NDSS community land as the location for a mid-size stadium, it has taken another look at the development of the plaza.
“It was really about looking at the stadium area as a whole and coming up with ideas around this central access to multiple venues,” he said.
While discussing designs on where seating and equipment should go, it became apparent that water and electric utilities should be located along the same hallway, Groot said. So rather than building a place and having to tear it up, “it’s really a concept of sustainability,” he said.
The esplanade will include a footpath, ticketing area and gathering space and the scope of the project will also include water supply, maintenance of sanitary and storm sewers, electrical work and the removal of a existing utility building.
A staff report noted that previously approved stadium upgrades included safety nets, bleacher seats, perimeter fencing, a press stand and temporary toilets and changing rooms.
Groot said the city needs to complete some upgrades by the end of spring, in time for baseball season.
“There is a lot of work that we really have to put in place and finish,” he said.
The finance and audit committee unanimously recommended an increase in the budget for the works of the stadium square.