Sports Facility at Harbourside

Province to pay $400,000 for sports facilities to be built at Harbourside Park
by Doug MacKenzie
Cape Breton Post, Thursday June 26, 2008

Cape Breton will be getting another new recreation facility with Wednesday’s announcement of a 400,000 complex for Harbourside Commercial Park. Fully funded by the provincial government, the park will feature a full-size track and field layout, soccer and rugby field, tennis and basketball courts. “As part of the redevelopment of the Sysco site, we’re going to develop a sports field in conjunction with the municipality,” said Gary Campbell, president of Nova Scotia Lands. “We had developed the idea that there would be a mix of park land and this is a site which is level and we were going to cap this site, but decided if we were going to do that, why not put in a track and develop it as a track and field facility.”

Campbell said they hoped to have the project out to tender by mid-July with development expected to start in the fall and completion scheduled in time for the 2009 summer season. Minister of Transportation and infrastructure Renewal Murray Scott was pleased to turn the first sod for the new park and said this was just the beginning of development of the site. “I’ve watched over the last 10 years the transformation of Sysco and the tar ponds as an outsider, but since becoming minister I have watched as this community has transformed,” said Scott.

“The announcement is for an athletic park, but there are many more announcements I think that are on the way and I think there is a real opportunity here for the future.” Scott said the opportunity to develop the former Sysco lands was one too good to be passed up and something that would help the community as a whole. “I think we’re on the right track and I think there is great support locally from the citizens for this,” he said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for the future of Sydney and Cape Breton as well.” “The park being announced (Wednesday) is part of it, but it’s probably a small part of it. The group that has been assigned to look after this area is doing a tremendous job and I really think this community is looking to the future.”

From right, Gordie Gosse, a former steel plant worker and MLA of Cape Breton Nova, shares some stories of growing up and playing sports in Whitney Pier with Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Murray Scott and Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor John Morgan. The three took in Wednesday's announcement of $400,000 sport and recreation complex that will be built in the harbourside Commercial Park in Sydney. Steve Wadden - Cape Breton Post Mayor, Ministar and MLA discussing new sports complex

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