BLAIS PROPOSES $8 MILLION EXPANSION OF MILLENNIUM PARK
Largest investment in park infrastructure since amalgamation
Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais today announced that with the signing of a memorandum of understanding with local home builders, that his Millennium Park expansion initiative has cleared its first hurdle in becoming a reality for taxpayers of the east end.
“Millennium will be the premiere destination for minor soccer and football in Ottawa,” says Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais. “The additional fields and the showcase turf field will allow for thousands more children to participate in minor sports.”
The $8.0M park expansion is being constructed in partnership with local homebuilders who will design, build and fund the majority of the park.
“With more and more kids playing sports, the Cumberland Panther family is ecstatic that Millennium Park will be expanded to meet these demands,” says Mark Ouellet, Vice-President, Cumberland Panthers Football Club. “Due to Councillor Blais’ tireless efforts, our players will now play at the best venue in our entire league.”
Millennium Park is a family-oriented destination sports and recreational park located in Cumberland Ward’s emerging community in Ottawa’s east end, with ample surface parking for cars and buses, along with sidewalks and trails for pedestrians and cyclists ensures easy access to all park users. An on-site loop provides direct access to transit users.
“The explosion of boys and girls playing soccer in the east end has presented infrastructure challenges for our club,” says Anatoly Gann, President, Cumberland Cobras United Soccer Club. “We cannot thank Councillor Blais enough for his unwavering support and vision for the Millennium expansion project.”
Millennium Park caters to organized sports clubs and casual users alike. The expansion initiatives will provide year-round access to junior clubs. A multitude of active and passive park amenities will appeal to all members of the community, from children to the elderly. Multi-use recreational pathways provide community connections while directing park users to shade structures and treed picnic areas, open lawn areas, a central play zone with climbers, swings, play structures and a splash pad and to the park’s numerous sports fields.
“In all my years involved in amateur sports, Councillor Blais has been the biggest champion who gets things done,” says Michael Johnson, President, Orléans Bengals Football Club. “Our community, our club and our kids are immensely benefiting because of his dedication to all of us.”
When complete Millennium Park will include:
- Artificial turf for Soccer and Football field
- Stadium seating and lighting
- Football field with bleachers and lighting
- Nine full-sized Soccer fields
- Junior-sized Soccer field
- Two ultimate frisbee fields
- Two shade structures / gazebos
- Club House for junior sports clubs
- Destination Splash Pad with junior and senior play zones
- Junior and senior play structures
- Swing sets