PCB Dome to Become a Sportsplex?

October 5, 2009 at 4:36 pm Leave a comment

I like the idea of reuse and recycle, and this fits that train of thinking very well.

Northeast London could become home to an all-weather sports facility capable of housing two football fields or soccer pitches and a running track. That’s the dream of a London labour leader and an MPP as they eye a future use for a huge structure – intended to be temporary – that has enclosed the $63 million cleanup of Ontario’s largest PCB dump. “I’ve spoken to the minister of the environment and he is interested in working with us,” said London-Fanshawe Liberal MPP Khalil Ramal. Ramal and Chris Bentley, the attorney general and Liberal MPP for London West, are working to pull together a meeting of all parties, including the Environment Ministry, the contractor, planning and parks and recreational staff from city hall to see if the idea is worth pursuing.

Ramal said using provincial land for sports in London is not farfetched. He noted soccer groups have an arrangement to use provincial land at the north end of what used to be London Psychiatric Hospital at Highbury Ave. and Oxford St..

Environment Ministry official Mike Moroney, who chairs a citizen group overseeing the cleanup, said the site is zoned industrial and the cleanup is being done to an industrial standard so further work would likely be needed to achieve a recreational standard.

Source: LFPress.com

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