Chown Field has been repurposed to better serve the evolving needs of the community. The City of Saint John received a $25,000 grant from the CN EcoConnexions program for the project. CN EcoConnexions is a partnership between CN, Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom that helps Canadian municipalities and community groups establish tree planting and green space enhancement initiatives in a sustainable, environmentally responsible manner.
Matching funds were allocated by the City, along with labour provided by several skilled city staff members.
The area will now be comprised of a youth-sized soccer field, a dog park and newly turfed in seating area with park furniture. A natural walking path was created with granite curbing salvaged from the uptown area. New landscaping completes the park, freshly lined with new shrubs and over fifty additional trees.
“CN is proud to support the City of Saint John in its efforts to reclaim and enhance a green space that will benefit the community as a whole and local youth in particular, providing them with a nice, safe place to play,” said Pat Orr, CN Transportation Superintendent, who is based in Moncton. “We are all neighbours, CN, local citizens and businesses, working together towards a sustainable future.”
Mayor Mel Norton was quoted, “Chown Field is a fantastic example of how well our community comes together to make great things happen in Saint John. Thanks to CN EcoConnexions, dedicated community members and our talented staff, there is now something for everyone to enjoy at Chown. This park will serve to enhance our quality of life in this neighbourhood.”
This initiative resulted through recommendations in PlaySJ. The project scope was largely determined through consultation with local community groups in the Waterloo Village area.
Chown Field was named in honour of Harold Chown, a former Director of Recreation at the City of Saint John.
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