Michael Sullivan, Ward One Councillor for the City of Brantford, along with City of Brantford staff, as well as, Justin Bester, Ontario Trillium Foundation Volunteer, and Milan Novakovic, Executive Assistant and Senior Advisor for Will Bouma, MPP for Brantford-Brant, were on hand to celebrate the completion of energy-efficient lighting upgrades at the Steve Brown Sports Complex on Wednesday, September 20, 2023.
The upgrades were made possible thanks to a $500,000 Community Building Fund – Capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). These upgrades are expected to significantly extend the operational lifespan of the facility.
“Congratulations to the City of Brantford for a successful application for this much needed funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation”, said Will Bouma, MPP for Brantford-Brant. “The Steve Brown Sports Complex is an integral part of the South-West part of the Brantford community and will continue to be for decades to come. Well done!”
Prior to these upgrades, visibility during later service hours was limited at the blue and red ball diamonds, and the all-weather track and soccer fields. The improved energy efficient lighting now extends to all outdoor recreational facilities within the Complex, ensuring that facility users can safely and comfortably access these amenities during the hours of highest demand, including afternoons and evenings.
“We are grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for the generous grant that made this much needed upgrade possible. With energy-efficient technology at the core, we’re not only enhancing functionality, safety, and the overall visitor experience, but also making a conscientious choice for a greener and most cost-effective solution to extend the lifespan of this beloved facility,” said Kevin Davis, Mayor for the City of Brantford.
Located at Lion’s Park in Brantford (20 Edge Street), the Steve Brown Sports Complex is the largest multi-use outdoor sports facility in the southwest end of the city, contributing to the health and wellbeing of over 30,000 facility users annually. In addition to the baseball diamonds, soccer fields and track, the facility also features free tennis and pickle ball courts for public use.