Construction Begins on New State-of-the-Art Kiwanis Field 

For Immediate Release
5/23/2015 
Contact: Maria Visocchi, Corporate Communications Manager 
Phone: 519-751-9945 

Today, members of the Kiwanis Field Committee along with the Grand Erie District School Board and the governments of Ontario and Brantford celebrated the start of construction for the new Kiwanis Field outdoor athletic facility. After nearly five years of planning and fundraising, the Kiwanis Field is finally becoming a reality thanks to the support of over 150 community partners and the project’s gold level donors including the Kiwanis Club of Brantford, the Grand Erie District School Board, the City of Brantford and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Featuring both synthetic turf and an 8 lane rubberized track as well as permanent bleacher seating, a central press box, electronic scoreboard and light standards for night time use, the Kiwanis Field will accommodate a variety of sports including football, soccer, track and field, rugby and field lacrosse. The new Field will also be suitable to play host to a number of prestigious events including Special Olympics and Para Sports.

Today’s ground breaking celebrates a culmination of extraordinary work done by the Kiwanis Field Committee, the Brantford Artificial Turf Fields Committee, the City of Brantford Parks and Recreation staff and the Grand Erie District School Board staff. Additionally, informational open houses and events were held to gather valuable input from community groups such as the Brantford Accessibility Advisory Committee. 

Quick Facts

  • The Kiwanis Field Committee, through the support of several sponsors raised more than $1.53 million
  • Gold Level donors (those who contributed $100,000 or more) include the Kiwanis Club of Brantford, the Grand Erie District School Board, the City of Brantford and the Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • The Kiwanis Field effort involves more than 150 community partners and donors
  • The state-of-the-art facility will feature permanent bleacher seating, a press box, electronic scoreboard and lighting standards for night time use
  • The Field will play host to local, regional, provincial and national level athletic competition
Quotes
“Grand Erie District School Board’s partnership with the City of Brantford and the Kiwanis Club of Brantford, supported by a number of local businesses, organizations and many private citizens, has developed plans for a high quality sports facility at Pauline Johnson Collegiate that will serve students and our community for many years to come. The Board wishes to thank the Kiwanis Field Committee and all those who have supported this exciting project and made the dream a reality.”

David Dean
Vice-Chair, Grand Erie District School Board
“Kiwanis Field is a perfect vehicle toward our club’s effort of changing the world one child and one community at a time.”

Doug Delaronde
Past President, Kiwanis Club of Brantford
“We are proud to be a major supporter of this project because it will modernize this area, significantly contribute to the social fabric of the City and generate excitement as a vibrant new recreational attraction. The Kiwanis Field is a prime example of new partnerships and resources coming together to improve the quality of life for our citizens.”

Chris Friel
Mayor of Brantford
“I am very pleased that we are on the threshold of seeing this important initiative become a reality. The Kiwanis Field will revitalize this area and be a point of pride for this community. I look forward to seeing this project through to its exciting completion.”

Dave Neumann
Ward 5 Councillor, City of Brantford and Kiwanis Field Committee Member

Contacts

Shawn McKillop
Manager of Communications and Community Relations
Grand Erie District School Board
349 Erie Avenue, Brantford, Ontario
Office: 519.756.6301 ext. 281147 | Cell: 1.905.978.1417 | Fax: 519.756.9181
SHAWN.MCKILLOP@GrandErie.ca

Maria Visocchi
Manager, Corporate Communications
City of Brantford
399 Wayne Gretzky Parkway, Brantford, Ontario
Office: 519.751.9900 ext. 214 | Cell: 519.732.9305
mvisocchi@brantford.ca