Originally, the plan was to upgrade a tennis court facility on the back campus of Wallaceburg District Secondary School; however, Wallaceburg Lacrosse, in conjunction with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, announced this week that the new facility will be developed at Glen Mickle Park in Wallaceburg.
In a letter sent to media by WMLA president Todd Shepley, the organization stated, “At this point in time we are very pleased to say, the Committee is starting to finalize plans and are ready to move forward. To best use the facility and the monies obtained from Kraft and other donations, preliminary plans are in the works to join with Wallaceburg Field Lacrosse teams using Glen Mickle Park.”
Glen Mickle features large tennis court facilities similar to those located at WDSS, but also combines the opportunity to use the fields, develop a clubhouse facility by improving the existing washrooms, rejuvenate the surrounding fencing, and develop walkways. As well, Glen Mickle’s location will minimize any disruption to surrounding homes, while allowing for even further growth and expansion in the future.
Although the facilities will be focused on lacrosse, the release also stated that the new surface for the tennis court will be a multipurpose location, allowing for sports such as basketball to use the space.
In total, WMLA, with the help of private community donors, and the support of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, have raised more than $85,000 for the project.
Although no specific date was released to break ground, more details will be announced as soon as they become available,
“Over the next few months our plans should be finalized, construction can begin and we can start to use the new facillty.”
This was the first year Wallaceburg Lacrosse offered field lacrosse programs at the minor level and the organization is hoping to continue to improve the opportunities available for local youth with this new facility.