Published on October 08, 2013
The Mealy Mountain Collegiate soccer field was the scene of a party Sept. 28, which turned into vandalism at the nearby Town building.
Published on October 08, 2013
Several broken beer bottles were found in the dugout of the nearby softball field at Mealy Mountain Collegiate.
Vandals target MMC soccer field; Town building
In the midst of a successful event last week - following the re-opening of the Mealy Mountain Soccer Field - vandals took to the area to wreak havoc.
"After our All-Star Day on Sept 28th, a number of individuals decided to have a late night party at the field that night/early Sunday morning," said Trevor Paine, Minor Soccer Association co-president.
"Dozens of broken beer bottles were found at the field and smashed against the Town building in the centre of the park. A Town tent was also damaged during the night. It's a senseless act."
Paine said it is a given that there are young people who are underage that obtain alcohol, and find places around town in which to keep out of sight of authorities.
"This is a fact," he said. "One can only hope that when one of these young people decides to inflict damage on property belonging to our community or to someone else, they think twice about the ramifications of such an act. Maybe someone in their party is smart enough - or strong enough - to remind everyone there that this is a community facility. This is for our children."
Paine said with the recreation facilities now in place - including the soccer field and softball diamonds located next to Mealy Mountain Collegiate - the time has come to look at fencing in the area.
"We have to stop ATV's and dirt bikes from tearing it up; it's also time to look at workable security cameras to catch those responsible for senseless damage."
Shaun McLean, Director of Community Services and Recreation at the Town, said fencing is an option being looked into by the Town, adding a small group of people tend to ruin things for a larger group of people.
"We try to provide a space for residents for recreation and it's a shame that they are used for something other than recreation," said McLean.
"There is only so much funding available for these types of facilities, and if we're forced to keep using it to repair and monitor our current infrastructure due to vandalism, how can we ever move forward with new things?"
On a much brighter note, Paine pointed out the contract signed by the Minor Soccer Association and the Town in May of this year, giving the MSA control of operation and maintenance of the MMC soccer field for a two-year period
"Since that time, more than $20,000 has been spent
on the field," noted Paine. "New goals, new player dugouts, eight loads of topsoil to level out the bumps and holes, fertilizer, lime and new seed applied."
Paine said the field was shut down for the summer to get all the prep work done and the All Day Soccer Day on Sept. 28 was the first event to take place on the newly re-opened field.
"We have had tremendous cooperation from our new Community Services/Recreation Director and our Town staff who did a final cut last week and then lined the field," said Paine.
"After a six year struggle with this facility, our town now has a first class field which is safe and a pleasure to play on."
Paine said he is looking forward to next spring when the All-Star teams can avail of the new field.
"We have 650 children in Minor Soccer who will be able to use the field for the June Soccer Festival and when Minor Soccer can plan for its first ever
outdoor Minor Soccer program in July and August."
Paine said down the road, he would like to see even more facilities added to the area.
"Time to look at outdoor tennis and basketball courts and maybe a beach volleyball complex behind MMC. These are not new ideas, but now that the soccer field is compete, they are ideas that can now be front and
center requiring action."
Anyone wishing to book the MMC soccer field can contact Trevor at 896-7251. Fees will be implemented as set by the Town.