Cold Lake’s new grand stand and artificial turf project is going to cost the city an extra five million dollars. At the September 12, 2017 Regular Council meeting, they approved Administration’s request to fund the additional costs required for the project. (The 2017 capital budget will be increased from $20,843,700 to $25,843,700). In total, the new project will cost approximately 11 million dollars.
Kevin Nagoya, Chief Administration Officer for the City of Cold Lake, stated the extra money was required because the scope of the grand stand was increased to include enhanced landscaping, roadways, entrance features, a larger grand stand (for multi-purpose rooms), and geotechnical investigations.
The field will be located behind the Imperial Oil Place arena. Nagoya explained, “There is a lot of dirt to be moved around. Landscaping is one of the biggest parts of this project.” The dirt should start moving this fall.
City of Cold Lake Mayor, Craig Copeland, stated this design will give the new Council the option of building a dome over the sports field. If all goes well, next year the public could use the artificial field for football, soccer, rugby, baseball, lacrosse, and concerts.