Brampton – Brampton City Council is calling on the TO2015 organizers to confirm what is available to the City as part of the 2015 Pan American Games.
At the May 23 meeting of City Council, Mayor Fennell moved to reopen discussion about the City’s decision to not pursue TO2015’s request for the baseball and softball uses at Sesquicentennial Park. Council unanimously agreed, in order to hear from a local consortium about new Pan American Games funding information.
“Either Council was misled by TO2015 that other Brampton sites are eligible to host baseball/softball, and in fact there is more money available – or TO2015 has misled these private developers and the sports groups who are keenly interested in these discussions,” said Mayor Susan Fennell. “It is time for TO2015 and senior levels of government to explain their position immediately.”
The City has been working with TO2015 since 2008, offering to host a roster of Pan American sporting events. The City’s initial host offer was rejected by TO2015, and instead the City was asked – and agreed – to host a cricket festival (cultural event), wrestling (competition), soccer (practice) and racquetball (practice).
In 2011, TO2015 asked the City to consider hosting baseball and softball at Sesquicentennial Park. A feasibility study (paid for by TO2015) was completed and reported to Council in February 2012. In the same report, Council was advised that TO2015 had a new venue clustering strategy, meaning the original award – including the cricket festival – was rescinded.
Council determined there was no room in the budget for the Sesquicentennial Park facility, plus the associated costs for storm water and utility upgrades. With the cost-sharing agreement between the City and TO2015 for the cricket facility null and void, Council voted to allocate funds to the continuation of the development of a cricket facility independently funded by the City of Brampton.