Thelma Fielding Park

This week, Council approved the tender on a 4-2 vote to advance the construction of a groundbreaking new community park alongside a state-of-the-art turf field, a collaborative effort with St. Anne’s School and the Shining Hill group. We’re thrilled to throw our support behind this initiative, as it not only introduces another artificial turf facility to our town, accessible to residents and local sports organizations alike, but also allows us to develop a vibrant community park.

This park promises to be more than just green space; it’s set to become a hub of activity, featuring amenities like lit pickleball courts, basketball/ball hockey courts, splash pad, shade area, restroom facilities and a playground. With an eye toward accommodating both current and future residents, we anticipate it becoming a draw for those moving into the Aurora area.

Recognizing the pivotal role parks and fields play in shaping the fabric of our town, we’re proud to embark on this venture in a financially prudent manner. The total cost of this new park is $7,310,000 and the cost to the Town is $4,493,900. By sharing the costs with partners, we’re able to alleviate the burden on taxpayers while delivering top-notch facilities

Partnerships have consistently proven to be catalysts for community growth in Aurora, exemplified by successful collaborations like those at St. Max, G.W. Williams, and the upcoming project at Sheppard’s Bush in tandem with the Aurora Barbarians. Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with St. Anne’s, the turf field will not only be used by students but also contribute to the overall well-being of our community and utilized by all residents and all Town sports organizations.

I am looking forward to the opening of Thelma Fielding Park (first female elected official in Aurora), confident that it will leave a positive imprint on Aurora for years to come.

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3 Responses

  1. 2 pickleball courts? That’s what the drawing shows.
    Not enough for a club, not even close.
    Not enough for a tournament.
    This park facility was to be the first step towards an Aurora Pickleball Club. 2 courts won’t suffice.

  2. It looks like only 2 pickleball courts are scheduled for this park ?. Newmarket pickleball club had to cap the club at 400 with people, the waiting list has aprox 40. 30 to 35 % are from Aurora and we are still waiting for a complex of 8 courts or more to start a club. The space required for 8 to 12 courts is very minimal compared to other outdoor activities.

  3. Pickleball is the sport of the future.
    – Aurora needs to be ‘THE’ GO TO community for this ALL INCLUSIVE and very social activity.
    – Pickleball is bigger than golf, hockey, tennis and soccer since it is for ALL AGES no exceptions regardless of fitness level.
    – It fits a lot more people in much smaller footprint.
    – Please keep Aurora healthy, active and attractive for all of us.
    -8 to 10 courts is a minimum!! A MINIMUM…. Thank you!

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