WATERLOO - Work will begin this spring on the transformation of Willison Field and the university’s eastern aesthetics into a state-of-the-art multi-sport field that will allow broader use by the university’s intramural sports program, and will provide practice space for several varsity teams.
The proposed project to overhaul the front door of campus involves relocating the existing parking spaces towards the centre of campus and moving the field closer to King Street, while making the field larger in size and turf instead of grass.
The benefits of the proposed renovation extend from varsity sports to academic programming, from recreation activities to the aesthetic “feel” of campus.
“This will impact virtually every student on campus, not just the sport-minded, but everyone,” said PETER BAXTER
, director of athletics and recreation. “There aren’t many places on campus where you can have casual play, just throw a Frisbee or toss a ball, or sit and read poetry – this kind of recreational space is invaluable to the whole community.”
The university has embarked on a $1.85 million fundraising campaign to make this project a reality. The university is pleased to announce the leadership of the Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association ($500,000) and the Wilfrid Laurier University Students Union ($500,000) on this project.
The University's Board of Governors has approved the project for summer 2006, pending the successful completion of the fundraising campaign. When the project is completed Willison Field will be renamed Alumni Field.
For more information please contact Kent MacLennan
at 519-884-0710 ext. 3177.
The Laurier Athletics website (www.laurierathletics.com) will have updates on construction as soon as the project begins.