Holyrood council is hopeful that new funding to upgrade its soccer field will allow the town and its residents to get more use out of the recreation facility.
At the July 30 regular meeting, council voted to adopt a motion to accept cost-shared funding from the provincial government valued at $719,715, with the town's share of that amount coming to $217,532.
According to the town's Chief Administrative Officer Gary Corbett, the funds will allow the town to increase the field's elevation by approximately one metre and look after some ditching work. This move would bring the soccer pitch above the water line.
The town is also looking to add washrooms for the use of teams and families at the neighbouring playground.
"There's been a tremendous amount of money invested in that soccer field over the years, and there's been two different types of drainage systems put in," Corbett said.
Mayor Gary Goobie acknowledged the soccer pitch is a beautiful recreation facility and could have many uses, but also noted it's far too often damp due to drainage problems.
"We'll have this remediation work done and completed so we won't have to worry about the drainage and moisture of the field or wetness of the field," he said.
Deputy Mayor Curtis Buckle added the local soccer program has attracted more youth in recent years, though at times they're forced to play on the community's festival grounds because it takes so long for the pitch to dry out.
In addition to the funding support for the soccer field, the town accepted cost-shared funding for water system upgrades at Country Path valued at $452,955. The municipality's share of that project is just under $42,000.