BY KELLY ROCHE
Footy fans, take note: A pop-up soccer pitch is in downtown Mississauga until October.
The soccer field – one of the first of its kind in Canada – is being housed at Community Common Park as part of a pilot project by the City of Mississauga.
“The pilot allows us to test the system to understand the demographics and age attracted to use the pitch,” said director of parks and forestry Laura Piette in a statement.
Drop-in play is being encouraged, said Piette, as the city aims to provide amenities promoting active living.
The central location – near Square One, Celebration Square, and the Living Arts Centre – was chosen based on its open space and high density.
Taking about five hours to install and tear down, the pitch is 15 metres by 30 metres and includes boards, goals and netting.
Manager of park operations Gavin Longmuir says soccer is a “very cost effective” sport.
City staff will be monitoring quality and user experience while exploring possible future use.