Soccer centre to open in January

Joshua Pagé
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There's water dripping everywhere inside the Alfred Jenkins Field House, but by January the only thing dripping in it will be sweat.

City officials led a tour of the construction site just south of the Victoria Hospital on Monday and announced the centre would be opened in January.

Soccer centre to open in January

There's water dripping everywhere inside the Alfred Jenkins Field House, but by January the only thing dripping in it will be sweat.

City officials led a tour of the construction site just south of the Victoria Hospital on Monday and announced the centre would be opened in January.

"Some people may have had a problem with (building the facility), but by far, most people support this project," said Mayor Jim Scarrow.

It was his first visit inside the facility during construction. The centre will house a large soccer field, running track, gymnasium and a number of other fitness options.

"While the little ones are playing soccer, maybe mom and dad will want to be active as well," said director of community services Greg Zeeben.

Its initial budget was $11.1 million, but that price tag has since risen to about $16.8 million.

Scarrow claimed the facility remained very affordable and that he never felt heat from anyone not in favour of its construction.

"At this size of project you are never going to know what you are going to run into, and I think we've been well managed," he said, noting the project did run into an early stumbling block when it needed additional support for its foundation.

The mayor then noted an approximate $600,000 contingency fund remained for the project and that wet conditions on the future parking lot was the only major concern left.

"That's a mudhole right now and we are going to have to assess it and get it dried out and then see what needs to be done once it's dried out," he said.

There was initially discussion of opening part of the centre in time for the October start to the indoor soccer season, but due to the wet weather officials will wait until January to open the entire facility.

Site supervisor Orlan Peterson said muddy, under-construction roads had caused some minor issues for workers, but noted his crews were persevering.

"I think it was 23 semis that brought in the materials just for the structures alone ... so yeah, there's been piles of materials hauled in here on not-so-good roads," he said.

The January opening will allow kids who start their soccer season in October to play about half the season in the new facility.

Soccer registration runs Wednesday and Thursday, 6-9 p.m. at the High Noon Optimist Centre.

Organizations: Alfred Jenkins Field House, Victoria Hospital, High Noon Optimist Centre

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  • dougie
    November 20, 2009 - 13:27

    Hey, reality from sk. ... been there, done that. An unbelievable 50% over-budget , months late on completion and no business plan for operating costs. Total gross mismanagement.
    Worst council ever !
    Worst mayor ever !
    Give us a chance to get rid of them.

  • Dougie
    November 20, 2009 - 13:20

    Nice try Scarrow ! But, $ 5 million over budget for construction is nothing compared to the operating costs that us taxpayers will have to cough up year after year like we do for the Hauser and the Rawlinson.
    The only thing this city makes money on is the golf course. And what is Danny Jutras' reward for doing such a great job running the golf course? Scarrow, Ring and the boys are firing him and shoving him out the door. Go figure !!!
    Worst council ever !
    Worst mayor ever !

  • M
    November 20, 2009 - 10:02

    I totally agree with you Just Wonder. The plans should never have been changed. The extra money could have paid for the problems they ran into during construction and possibly operating costs.
    I was told the other day, each tax payer will be taxed an extra $50 for this centre. I don't feel this is right. I don't have children and will never use this facility. Therefore I don't feel I should be paying for this facility or any other the city has promised would be self sustained. I was also told they have too many kids playing soccer and some will still have to play in the old facility. Now how is that fair for the kids and parents that fund raised to play in a new building? In my opinion, a multi million dollar building should not be built in a city that can not afford it. Especially without the appropiate business plan, etc. How many kids will not be able to play in this buiding due to the cost to register. You can't tell me the registration fees will stay the same when they realize how much this facility is going to cost to run.

  • Mike
    November 20, 2009 - 08:22

    Some people may have a problem but most support it (quote from mayor scarrow) . From all I have read on here and heard around the city I would stroooongly disagree .I have heard business people , city employees , visitors to the city , and seniors all voice their displeasure with the idea to build this center. I have had a person from a city south of here comment the other day about that crappy patch job at the bottom of second avenue and how his fifth wheel and boat bounce and jerk so badly every time he goes over it . Followed with a comment on how he can't understand how a city the size of ours can put extra money into a soccer center and not fix it's roads. I have to say after he talked about it I drove down to the bottom of secone ave and he was so right . I remember when we did the patch job and never followed through with a proper finish of it . And as for not knowing what you will run into , man i can see a small over budget of maybe 5% but this is 50% over , and to use the term well managed after doing the math makes me see how jaded the mayors thinking is . I look at this structure and can't help but think of it as a legacy that mr.scarrow wants to follow him after he is done his term as mayor (hopefully next term) , for himself to be able to look at and say this is what the city got built under my rule and this at any cost. And to say that stores are going up and businesses is definitly positive , but this one is a black eye that reaks of mismanaged funds and underplanning. And cheryl is so right about priorities , this is like buying the bird before the cage . LET'S GET AN ELECTION AND SOON !!!!

  • Corrine
    November 20, 2009 - 06:50

    I am really looking forward to my daughter to begin playing there in January for soccer...she is excited too!

  • jon
    November 20, 2009 - 06:02

    Costs go up regardless every year. There is no change. And heaven forbid a guys rv bottoms out at the bottom of a hill because a patch job was screwed up by the workers not the mayor. No matter who the mayor is it wouldn't stop that from happening. Jim Scarrow's intentions are always good, he doesn't wake up and say hey im going too screw the people of prince albert. The things some people don't understand is this is a great thing for Prince Albert, and this would have happened who ever the mayor is, Because anyone smart enough to become mayor of this city would realize this is a good thing. This soccer center is state of the art. I don't think P.A. has too many of those things. Plus if you want to complain about the soccer center or even the skate park. These are things that had been in the works for over 10 years. Showing up at council meetings, hundreds of fund raisers, people put alot more time trying to make these things happen, more than the people who complain about everything. Prince Albert has one of the best skate parks in canada it brings professional Skateboarders and BMXers. Too Prince Albert, and it gives kids a chance too meet some of the people they look up too. Who knows what this soccer center could bring to P.A. It will be highly considered for tournaments and provincials and maybe now Nationals. This brings in 8-16 teams a weekend, each player will have family's, meaning our hotels will be used, our restaurants will be used, shopping mall will be used. It will help many business's, this is just not for the local kids of p.a who's parents will have to pay an extra 20 dollars this year on registration fees. This is going to help our city in the end, you will see.

  • Mike
    November 20, 2009 - 04:25

    Reality re: reply to cheryl , You're right it is just going to take that long to repair and re-construct . However if this job had been sub-contracted to a private road constructing company it would have been done in 1/3 of the time . So lets look at perhaps privatizing some of these contracts and saving time and probably money as well as a city . Look at the highway work being done between here and saskatoon , privatized it and speed went up probably 10 times .
    Any other people have thoughts on this ?

  • dougie
    November 20, 2009 - 03:39

    Ha, Ha, good joke reality from sk. All of these sleazy deals are managed by press releases and photo-ops. They never get on the council agenda so therefore the public can never voice their opinion.

  • misto
    November 20, 2009 - 00:43

    What is with your fascination with the roads??? Roads all over Canada are crap! Not just in PA!!! Get over it! Plus trade in that big red-neck truck you drive for a car that won't screw up the roads in the first place. JEEZ!

  • Just Wonder
    November 19, 2009 - 21:27

    When you think back to all the fundraising that was happening for the soccer center and how much was raised, I was amazed. However, when the plans were changed because of more money coming in, I was in shock. Why were plans changed? The extra money could have been used for operating costs or just in case of extra stuff and time to build. Now the city tax payers are stuck with the bill, the soccer players will have to pay more for their season of play, and there may even be paid parking up there. I can see it happening. How about you? Are you willing to pay more for what is there? I'm not....

  • reality
    November 19, 2009 - 16:19

    to dougie, the city is a union...they cant just fire him without reason. to cheryl the fact that the road takes longer to build is not because the money isnt there its because the work will take that long, just cause the road is going to take 2 yrs or whatever to construct doesnt mean the rest of the city growth or work should just stop and wait for it. i agree with the ppl who are happy about it, it will bring in growth for our city, but no ones ever happy cause ppl complain that we;re behind the times but dont want to pay to update anything like new facilities or electronic voting. there are alot of ppl who are supporting this facility and its onlythe few whoe arent active and would never use this facility that are on here complaining about it. Its funny for something that ppl are supposably so against i didnt see hundreds of ppl at council meetings opposing it or voices their questions and concerns....

  • 25 yr citizen
    November 19, 2009 - 15:46

    Lets hope it was all worth it !lol. the roads are crap,there are still no light along the riverbank,we havent recieved a second bridge!.like whats with the indoor soccer centre.kicking a ball in the open is were its at. Another thing why is the WATER TREATMENT PLANT down stream from the PENITENTIARY!!!!!

  • reality
    November 19, 2009 - 12:27

    it isnt the city doing the work on the road up there, the job is contracted out

  • Cheryl
    November 19, 2009 - 11:38

    Nice to see they have their priorities straight. The soccer center might be done by January, but the roads leading up to it won't be done for another year.

  • Prince Albert
    November 19, 2009 - 08:11

    I think it's great that they have built a Soccer Centre and that there are numerous other agencies & stores going up all over PA. Positive facilities contribute to the growth of our City and economy.

  • reality
    November 18, 2009 - 23:28

    hey dougie obviously you've never been to council, why dont u take a look at some of the agendas for the past couple years and see that the soccor centre is indeed on them, they are available to the public, plus they have new business where citizens can voice concerns and questions without it having to be on the agenda.

  • yeesh
    November 18, 2009 - 22:00

    I totally agree with Mike and many of the others here....I personally think it is a huge 'red herring'... The over-budge issue should also concerns every tax payer in P.A.!!! Exactly right other posters, whom will foot the bill now for the monstrosity? But the damage is already done to the tax payers! Personally fixing the main thoroughfares should have been the first important priority this year - gateway to the north you say?????? Yes second avenue is pathetic and with the quick fix this week, wait till the first hard frost to 'unfix' that! Thank Goodness we have a city election coming up!!!!!!

  • jon
    November 18, 2009 - 20:04

    Haha doesn't matter, try having a fund raiser for any of those things and no one will show up and give money for that. This is really a great thing for our city. A new bridge might be needed but the government feels we don't need one, and what is lights on the riverbank going to do for anyone. People don't even like walking down there when its day out. Give it up the riverbank is crap, move on, no ones going to do anything about it. The big rigs of this city stepped up and gave lots of money and support to this development. I'm sure there not just doing it just too have a place too play soccer but too make this city a better place.

  • get it
    November 18, 2009 - 15:42

    To reality.....not all workers are in a Union....there are out of scope workers and workers under contract (agreement) which is what Mr. Jutras is.

  • Joe
    November 18, 2009 - 14:58

    Good work Scarrow and posse. By the time this thing is paid for the swamp it was built on willl have swalloed it whole. Taxpayers will be paying for this thing for decades to come. There was no business plan to show how this facility would be self sustaining (or close to) meaning we as taxpayers will see our already sky high property tax go even higher. Worst yet, as facilities age the more expensive they become to operate. The fact this place was built on a swamp won't help either. Dougie is right. We need a new mayor and a new council that actually consider costs.

  • imreadingtoo
    November 18, 2009 - 14:16

    to 25 yr citizen what the heck does it matter that the water treatment is down from the pen? are you insinuating that this location set up means that the people in prince albert are unknowingly consuming criminal poo? For in reality all waste water goes across town to the waste water treatment plant.