Ancaster’s Bishop Tonnos sports field nears completion
Ancaster News (Aug 11, 2017)
Bishop Tonnos Secondary School’s new artificial turf athletic field is almost ready to welcome its first Titans.
Work was finishing up this week on the new 110,000-square-foot field in anticipation of use in September.
Bishop Tonnos on Panabaker Drive in Ancaster is the fifth of seven secondary schools operated by the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board to receive a new field since a pilot project was launched at St. Thomas More in 2011.
The project involved removal of the existing playing field, installation of the artificial turf field and bleachers, and refurbishing the school’s existing track. The estimated cost is about $1 million. Future revenue from field rentals will be applied to capital and maintenance costs.
After trustees approved the expenditure in June of last year, chairperson Pat Daly said the board was “extremely pleased” to be able to continue to improve facilities at Bishop Tonnos.
“The artificial turf sports field will be a wonderful support and great enhancement to the school’s physical education and very successful co-instructional program,” he said.
“One of the benefits of the artificial turf field is that it offers consistency in playing quality. In the past, many of our teams were impacted by flooding and poor field conditions.”