From The Gazette


New $4.6-million turf fields open in Pointe Claire

Pointe Claire’s newest crown jewel, its multi-use synthetic grass fields, is ready for action.

The new synthetic sports fields at Terra Cotta Park have been in use
for about a week now for both soccer and rugby practises and exhibition

The total cost of the $4.6-million project was shared by the city,
the province and Ottawa, through the Building Canada infrastructure
program, said Pointe Claire director general Jean-Denis Jacob.

Besides the two new full-sized artificial grass fields, the project
includes revamping the existing natural grass upper field, which is
waiting on new sod to be installed sometime this month but is expected
to host soccer games by summer. A small natural grass field for
7-a-side soccer will also be set up.

“We redesigned the whole area,” Gary Malcolm, director of the city’s sports and recreation department, said of Terra Cotta Park.

Work included a new irrigation system for the upper field. The new
artificial fields are built on the lower level, which used to have a
baseball diamond and a second natural grass soccer pitch.

All three full-sized fields are fenced in completely, have lights
and offer stands for fans. One of the synthetic turfs, dubbed field No.
3, only has lines marked for soccer. Field No. 2, however, is a
multi-use synthetic turf and offers more perks. It has larger stands,
team and referee benches covered by shaded polycarbonate panels, a
scoreboard as well as a warm-up track around the perimeter. This field
has permanent football goalposts installed and has portable soccer nets
for both 7-and 11-a-side games. Field No. 2 has lines marked on the
synthetic surface for three sports; yellow for 11-aside soccer and the
sidelines, red for 7-a-side soccer dimensions, white for football
yardage and blue for rugby rules.

“They did a fantastic job landscaping, planting trees. This will be
the envy of the island of Montreal,” Pointe Claire Amateur Soccer
Association (PCASA) president Jacques Lamontagne said of Terra Cotta

The main benefits of utilizing artificial turf include extending the
outdoor soccer season, from earlier in the spring to later into the
fall, as well as cutting down on the wear and tear of the city’s
natural grass fields. For instance, the outdoor season for senior
soccer is scheduled to commence May 6, about three weeks earlier than
last year.

“We can use (the synthetic fields) as much as we can and we won’t
put as many games on natural grass fields,” said Lamontagne, adding it
gives the city a chance to upgrade natural grass fields.

Malcolm said the new synthetic fields have lower maintenance costs,
there’s no need to mow, and are far more durable than natural grass
playing fields. As well, the new turfs will ease pressure on demand for
access to natural grass fields.

“For the John Rennie field, the school wanted on it right away but
we gave them the option to use the new artificial turf,” he said. “It
eliminates some usage early on.”

While the new artificial fields are destined to be used more often
by senior or older youth divisions, the PCASA has decided every level
should play at least one game on the new surfaces this summer.

“We want to give every player the opportunity to play one scheduled
game on the new turf. The association decided that was our goal this
year,” Lamontagne said. “It’s not fair if only certain people get to
play on it.”

Besides Pointe Claire soccer teams using the artificial grass fields
for pre-season play, high school rugby has also taken advantage of the
new turf. St. Thomas boys and girls rugby teams played exhibition games
on Pointe Claire’s new FieldTurf surface on Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s a lot better than a regular field,” St. Thomas senior
Christina Pelosi said of Terra Cotta’s new synthetic fields. “I really
like it. It looks really nice and it’s clean. It’s appealing to look at
on top of playing on it.”

While one of the artificial surfaces is open for football, rugby or
even lacrosse use, at this point, no non-soccer leagues, outside of
high school teams, are signed up to play there, Malcolm said. He added
some interest has been expressed in setting up an atom level football
team as well as for a rugby league.

“It’s a vision for the future. This gives us options,” he said of
the multi-use synthetic field. “We wanted as much flexibility as

The city is planning an open house for early May and expects to invite several teams to try the new fields, Malcolm said.

To see more photos of the news fields, click here.


  1. The fields and facilities are top-notch but I can’t believe the city restricts access to them now! What’s the point of extending the season if we can’t use them on a nice fall (or spring) day? These fields can take a lot of use if properly maintained so what is the city afraid of? As a resident and tax payer, I should be allowed to use this field when it’s empty, just like the grass fields in the area! Not only that, our roads and “bike path” along Donnegani are in such a sad state, the running track is ideal for joggers looking for a safe place to exercise. Not too many women want to jog through Terra Cotta at night alone, but a well lit running track is perfect.

  2. By Anonymous

    this was a huge boondodggle…big waste of money…should have a natural grass baseball and soccer field…fieldturf temperature will be over 40 degrees in summer…can t play during the summer in the day…that s what you get playing on tires…

  3. By Anonymous

    It’s a shame that no baseball diamond was integrated into the new construction. At the very least, paint some diamond lines and have a turf field for baseball as well.

  4. By Anonymous

    Makes me sick when I see how baseball was destroy in Montreal and how politicians jump on the soccer bandwagon !  Nothing against soccer …great sports for kids but last time I went to an Impact game I left at half time even if I had some of the best tickets in the stadium !  I guess in this Province Baseball is too much associated with the US and this is not good. Especially since many of our elites got screwed by Loria and Major Leagues Baseball in the Expos saga… Too bad for baseball again .  Everytime I see the old baseball field turn into a  dog pound in my old neighboughood I just want to puke and leave this city forerver.

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