ON July 11, Delta Mayor George V. Harvie, MLA Ravi Kahlon and a host of dignitaries attended a sod turning ceremony for the North Delta Track and Field Facility. The new facility will provide excellent athletic and recreation facilities for people of all abilities.
The North Delta Track and Field Facility has received more than $5.8 million in cost-share funding from the federal and provincial governments through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – Community, Culture and Recreation Program.
Harvie said: “The North Delta Track and Field Facility will be a tremendous community asset, supporting everyone from high-level athletes to those looking for community recreation opportunities. I want to thank the Delta School District for partnering with us on this project and the provincial and federal governments for recognizing the incredible value of this facility through their financial investment. I appreciate working with our MP, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, and the MLA for Delta North, Ravi Kahlon to procure funding that really benefits the community of Delta.”
Kahlon said: “This facility will improve people’s health and well-being, inspire young athletes to perform their best, promote active lifestyles in people of all ages and connect communities through recreation and culture. I’m proud that all levels of governments in Delta worked together in order to support the people of our community.”
The North Delta Track and Field Facility will be world athletics compliant, the first of its kind in Delta, allowing track and field athletes the ability to train locally while supporting the broader community with the addition of new community recreation opportunities. The new facility includes:
- An eight-lane synthetic track
- A steeplechase water jump
- Facilities for field events: hammer and discus throw, pole vault, high jump, long jump, triple jump, javelin, and shot put
- Specific elements to accommodate para-athletes and ensure there are no barriers for people with mobility challenges
- Separated perimeter walkway for walking and jogging even during use of the track and field facility
- A full-size soccer field
- Two tennis / eight pickleball courts
- Additional parking, including electric vehicle charging stations
- Lighting for the field, track, and walkway
- A field house with a change room, washrooms, and meeting space
The main components of the North Delta Track and Field Facility are under construction with completion anticipated in fall 2020. The field house is planned for construction in spring 2021.