Vancouver Westside park to see renovations with added playing fields

Sep 14 2020, 6:23 pm

Montgomery Park in the Vancouver Westside will see a complete makeover that upgrades its grass surface and increases its utility.

The 10-acre public park is located just west of Oak Street between 43rd Avenue and 45th Avenue, and serves Sir William Osler Elementary School immediately to its west.

Vancouver Park Board commissioners are expected to approve a renovation contract award this evening to TGK Irrigation. The contract is worth $1.82 million — the lowest of four bids that reached as high as $2.2 million.

Currently, the park has three softball diamonds, one soccer field, and a field house. The renovations will reconfigure the park’s layout, creating four full-size softball diamonds and two full-size soccer fields. There will be new irrigation and drainage systems, and sport-specific features like softball dugouts, fencings, spectator bleaches, and goal posts.

It is estimated the added playing fields will increase playing time from about 500 hours to 800 hours.

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Existing condition of Montgomery Park. (Vancouver Park Board)

“This project is part of Park Board’s ongoing field upgrades program that aims to increase the quality of public playfields and increase their resiliency to accommodate more intense and year round usage,” reads a Park Board staff report.

Future improvements to the park could entail additional walking paths, outdoor exercise equipment, and naturalized areas.

Construction work is expected to begin in October 2020 for a substantial completion in April 2021. However, to allow the new grass to take hold, the park will likely remain fenced off from users until July 2020.

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