For Immediate Release
NIAGARA FALLS, ON, September 24, 2018 - The City of Niagara Falls will officially open its first cricket pitch with a ribbon cutting celebration on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 11:45 a.m. The new pitch is located at John N. Allan Park, 6980 Kalar Road.
The cricket pitch was installed in July and is constructed with artificial turf and silica sand infill. The City worked closely with the Niagara Cricket Academy to ensure that the new pitch met the needs of local cricket players. The Niagara Cricket Academy was established in 2012 by local cricket lovers. Since that time the academy has grown to approximately 40 full time players and has won several district level championships since its establishment. Prior to installing the turf, the club had to install matting for every game.
“The newly installed cricket pitch at John N. Allan Park is awesome and unquestionably the best in Southern Ontario,” says Amit Sharma, Secretary of the Niagara Cricket Academy. “The layout is perfect, the levels are perfect, and the stump base on each end is perfect!”
The latest addition to the City’s recreational amenities has been well received by the community. The first match was held on July 15, 2018 between The Niagara Cricket Academy and the Oakville Cricket Club. Since then, approximately 12 club matches have been played on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
“Our new cricket pitch is a fantastic addition to the outdoor, athletic offerings in our City,” says Mayor Jim Diodati. “Having the latest turf and a permanent playing surface offers one more way for athletes and recreational players to get outside, engage in our community, compete and play!”
This project was made possible with the support of the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (OLG) hosting fees in the amount of $25,000 which were paid to the City for hosting the Niagara Casinos.
“OLG is proud to be a vital part of Niagara Falls for more than 20 years and we look forward to continuing to build on that support,” says Jake Pastore, OLG’s Director of Municipal and Community Relations. “Each and every year, 100 per cent of OLG proceeds are invested in Ontario. From healthcare, to education, to community festivals, OLG proceeds are hard at work in Niagara Falls and all across our province. We appreciate the contributions of our casino employees in making life in Niagara Falls that much richer.”
The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 11:45 a.m. in John N. Allan Park and a cricket match between the Niagara Cricket Academy and Stoney Creek Cricket Academy will take place at 12:15 p.m. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.
For more information, contact:
Community Development Coordinator
City of Niagara Falls, Recreation & Culture Department
905-356-7521 ext 3336