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Calgary's newest athletic park in New Brighton a welcome addition

Skateboard park may be added to facility in the future

The New Brighton Athletic Park public art piece is called "Versus" and is perfect for team photos.

Krista Sylvester / Metro

The New Brighton Athletic Park public art piece is called "Versus" and is perfect for team photos.

It was a long time coming but the southeast community of New Brighton welcomed the city’s first outdoor athletic park in 28 years this weekend.

The $16 million state-of-the-art facility features four natural turf soccer fields, a baseball diamond, two children’s playgrounds, basketball nets , change rooms with public washrooms and will also be home to a future skateboard park, according to Ward 12 councillor Shane Keating.

“We have spent a lot of time building stuff indoors but we should be outside enjoying the weather too, so this is great for the community,” Keating said.

“The southeast is finally catching up fast when it comes to recreation facilities, which is great because it’s one of the fastest growing communities yet it didn’t have many facilities like this for a long time.”

Construction began in 2014 on the park with $13.5 million in funding from the Alberta government while the city forked out $3.5 million. That includes a $100,000 public art budget for the facility.

Father of two Garnett Matthews says he is excited to have something so close to his Copperfield home where both his kids can enjoy different activities.

“My daughter is a bit younger so she will enjoy the playground and my son is into all kinds of sports so this is just the perfect place to bring the family for a nice Saturday or Sunday out of the house,” he said.

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