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The City of Victoria has announced a $7.47 million investment to restructure Topaz park and add new features.

Part of this funding will go towards replacing the artificial turf field, while the rest will be used to construct a skateboard park and a bike park.

“We know that spaces for physical activity keep people healthy and also connected with their communities. That’s why we’re making this significant investment in Topaz Park,” said Mayor Lisa Helps in a statement on Friday.

“The skate and bike skills parks are long-awaited by youth and families. And the artificial turf field is an amenity that will be enjoyed and used by people of all ages.”

The new skate park will be similar to the one in Vic West, at approximately 3,000 square metres, while the bike park will be 6,000 square metres in size.

Meanwhile, the new artificial turf field will include a full-size soccer pitch, softball field, a mini multi-purpose field, sport lighting, and other amenities like dugouts, player shelters, a backstop and spectator seating.

The softball field will be replacing an existing one that will be displaced during the construction of the skate park.

Funding for the reconstruction of Topaz Park will be drawn from the city’s Building Infrastructure Reserve Fund and the Artificial Turf Field Reserve Fund.

Authorities expect that it will be open to the public in the summer of 2021.