In April 2014, the City of Saint John and Emera New Brunswick announced an investment in a sports field at Shamrock Park, in the City’s North End neighbourhood.  A $500,000 contribution from Emera New Brunswick helped build the $1.5-million state-of-the-art artificial turf field and a new lighting system. 

At the announcement, Christian Richard, General Manager of Emera New Brunswick, said, "We are happy to be supporting this worthwhile project.  Access to a turf field like this one helps to encourage a healthy active lifestyle throughout the community, and that’s something we want to be a part of."

"Emera New Brunswick has been making significant investments that are contributing to the quality of life here in Saint John," said Mayor Mel Norton. "These investments strongly align with Council’s priority of making Saint John a community of choice."

The total cost of the project was $1.5M. The City allocated its funding in the 2014 general fund capital budget. The project is consistent with the Shamrock Park Master Plan and is supported by the principles of both Plan SJ and Play SJ, the City’s draft recreation strategic plan.  

The project improved the quality of the 137m by 60m field for the wide range of activities that historically have taken place at this location and will increase the amount of available playing time – both in terms of an increase in the length of season and an increase in the intensity of use.  Artificial turf fields may also decrease the day to day maintenance required.  

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