An artificial-turf soccer/football field for Saint-Laurent and Vanier College
At a news conference held today, Sylvain Pagé, parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Marie Malavoy, Alan DeSousa, mayor of Saint-Laurent, and Gilbert Héroux, Director General of Vanier College, were pleased to announce their financial participation in the construction of a new soccer/football field with artificial turf at Vanier College. The project, developed under phase II of the support program for sports and recreational facilities of the Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports, will obtain $800,889.80 in funding from the Government of Quebec, $400,000 from the borough, and $400,889.80 from Vanier College.
The lighted field will be shared by local Saint-Laurent soccer and football clubs and by men’s and women’s sports teams atVanierCollege.
From construction to use, the soccer/football field will adhere to principles of sustainable development, a value shared by the borough, the college and the Gouvernement du Québec. The artificial field will be built and managed with a view to reducing its environmental footprint. Made entirely of recycled materials, the field will be located on a site that includes trees and features a low-energy-consumption lighting system. Owing to the fact it will consist of synthetic material, the soccer/football field won’t require watering or chemical fertilizing, meaning it will be managed in a sustainable manner for years to come.
“Our administration is proud to be associated in this project withVanierCollege, a partner that contributes greatly to the quality of life in Saint-Laurent,” said a delighted mayor of Saint-Laurent, Alan DeSousa. “The new field will benefit the entire community. Over the last few years, soccer and football programs have grown significantly in Saint-Laurent. Today’s announcement means we’ll be able to offer residents a place where they can practice their favourite sports and sports clubs a place where they can continue to grow.”
“Through our efforts to improve the state of our facilities for the benefit of our athletes and our students, we are also extremely happy to have been able to develop this cooperation with the borough of Saint-Laurent and make available an additional community facility,” concluded Gilbert Héroux, Director General ofVanierCollege.