Pickering to revamp damaged soccer centre

Pickering Council has green lit a ‘Build Back Better’ enhancement project for the Pickering Soccer Centre, following the roof collapse and subsequent flooding damage that occurred earlier this year. This exciting and innovative undertaking will see the installation of a new and modernized roofing system, as well as a fundamental change to the soccer pitch configuration to facilitate the installation of a permanent, multi-purpose hard court surface that will accommodate four integrated pickleball courts within an official sized futsal court.

The ‘Build Back Better’ project was developed in partnership with the Pickering Football Club, which has leased the Pickering Soccer Centre from the City since 2014. The City and Pickering Football Club executive have been meeting regularly over the past half year with respect to the roof replacement as well as brainstorming how to provide more functionality and sports and recreational opportunities for the community.

Once the new facility enhancements are completed by approximately March 2023, the dramatic transformation will strengthen the Pickering Football Club’s standing as Durham Region’s premier soccer club. Equally as important, the City will be able to provide much needed court time for its legion of enthusiastic pickleball players as the courts will be made available for public use Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm for a minimum of 42 weeks per year. Pickleball and futsal will join an already impressive array of sports and recreational activities available at the Pickering Soccer Centre, including volleyball, cricket, Zumba, lacrosse, athletics, and softball to name a few.

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