Nobel Park Softball Field Upgrades

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A development permit application has been received by Campus and Community Planning for renovations to the softball diamond at Nobel Park for use by the UBC Women's Varsity Softball team as well as the community. Proposed improvements include upgrades to the field surface and fencing, new covered dugouts, bullpens, safety netting and space for temporary bleachers and washroom facilities.

Development Permit

DP07010 Amendment 3

Location

Nobel Park, Wesbrook Place

Proponents

UBC Properties Trust

Public Consultation

Due to precautions in place for COVID-19, public consultation for this project will take place online.

The online comment period for this project closed on July 24, 2020.

The virtual Development Permit Board meeting previously scheduled for August 12, 2020 was postponed. Campus and Community Planning required additional time to consider and respond to public feedback received during the online comment period. 

The rescheduled meeting date is Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Please use the following link to join the meeting:

  Zoom Link

Feedback and Response

Based on feedback received during the online comment period, the following responses have been prepared to clarify issues identified by the community:

Issue: Concern that a community field is being used by UBC Athletics
The UBC Women’s Softball team currently has no location on campus to train or play games. The required field specifications are different from Men’s varsity baseball and cannot be accommodated in the UBC Athletics precinct. This means the Women’s varsity softball team must travel to Surrey to train. Upgrading Nobel Park would introduce varsity play to the neighbourhood, while continuing to provide community access for recreational use. The community and UNA would gain a regulation softball facility.

Issue: Concern that there will be limited availability for use by the community.

Community access will be maintained, with the exception of games and practice times during the February-June season and practice during September and October (see schedule table below). To accommodate after school use, the field will be available midweek from 3:30 pm onward on varsity practice days. Availability and booking information for the softball field by the community will be available through the UNA’s new recreation booking system, anticipated to be operational by Spring/Summer 2021.

Anticipated Softball Usage

Issue: Concern that construction will prevent community access this summer and fall
Construction for this project will be delayed to allow community use of the field for during the remainder of the summer and fall this year. Construction is scheduled to begin in November 2020 and is anticipated to take 3-4 months with an additional 4-6 weeks to prepare the grass field surface. The field will be inaccessible during the construction and grow-in period. Community access should be available again in June/July 2021 with varsity practice commencing in the fall of 2021. A more detailed schedule will be provided once funding and permitting are complete.

Issue: Community access to washrooms

Portable toilets will be temporarily available during game day weekends, with installation occurring Friday morning and removal on either Sunday or Monday morning. Toilets will be serviced as required during the events. Campus and Community Planning will continue to work with the UNA and Athletics to identify opportunities for permanent washroom facility use.

Issue: Concern that bleachers will prevent basketball play
The bleachers behind the backstop will be portable and only be installed during game weekends (6 weekends total). The bleachers will be installed on Fridays and removed on Sundays. The existing basketball hoop will be available for use at all other times.

Issue: Concern that foul and long balls will put residents and community garden users at risk.
A 40 ft. high minimum netting will be installed along both sidelines to prevent stray balls from entering the community garden and surrounding area.

Issue: Concern that noise levels will rise with the new upgrades
Noise impacts related to varsity use will only occur during game and practice days between 11 am and 5 pm.

Issue: Concern that there will be greater demand for parking
Crowd sizes may vary from approximately 50-100 people. It is anticipated that parking for up to 30-40 vehicles may be needed by attendees. Up to 50 parking spaces are available along Wesbrook Mall near Nobel Park and free parking is also available under the Save On Foods. Staff will monitor parking needs and redirect users as required.

 

Attachments

Document Contents
Plans Plans showing the proposed landscape and equipment upgrades to the existing facility.
Presentation Boards Posters with project information to be displayed on-site.

Video

This video provides an overview of the proposed softball diamond upgrades.

Presenters: Jon Joyce, the mbtw group and Richard Findlay, Richard Findlay Landscape Architect Inc.

Video Timeline:
0:00 – 03:33 Process – project timeline, previous public consultation
3:34 – 04:29 Overview of key project goals
4:30 – 06:05 Site context for the existing softball diamond site
6:08 – 07:49 Limit of work for design upgrades
7:50 – 13:29 Current site plan 
13:30 – 18:20 Proposed site plan – showing NCAA NCAA field recommendations
18:23 – 21:30 Images of site elements – NCAA field layout requirements, accessible drinking fountain, improved bullpens, and netting

Project Timeline

November 19, 2019
Presentation to UNA Board
November 19, 2019

Presentation to UNA Board

The project concept is presented to the UNA Board and endorsed to proceed with further community consultation in advance of a development permit application. 

January 23, 2020
Public Open House
January 23, 2020

Public Open House

A public open house event is hosted by UBC Athletics & Recreation on January 23, 2020 to obtain community feedback prior to the development permit application.

June 24, 2020
Development Review Committee
June 24, 2020

Development Review Committee

Project is presented to the UBC Development Review Committee for staff review and comment.

July 10-24
Online comment period
July 10-24

Online comment period

Online comment period July 10-24, 2020.

August 12, 2020
Development Permit Board
August 12, 2020

Development Permit Board

Development Permit Board meeting postponed to address feedback received.

October 14, 2020
Development Permit Board
October 14, 2020

Development Permit Board

Development Permit Board meeting rescheduled for October 14, 2020 at 5:00 pm via Zoom.

October 2020
Development Permit Issuance
October 2020

Development Permit Issuance

Pending Development Permit Board approval, the Development Permit is issued with or without conditions.

October/November 2020
Construction
October/November 2020

Construction

Construction is anticipated to begin in the late fall of 2020.

June 2021
Completion
June 2021

Completion

Construction is anticipated to be completed by June 2021.

Contact

Karen Russell

Manager, Development Services
(604) 822-1586