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Here's your chance to run around Port Moody's new field of soccer dreams

Port Moody officially opened the new facility at Inlet Park in May, although teams have been using it since March.
A new artificial turf ptich replaces the old all-weather gravel surface at Port Moody's Inlet Field which reopened for matches in March and will be celebrated with a communithy event on Saturday, June 8.

Port Moody residents are being invited to pull on their turf shoes and celebrate the opening of the new sports field at Inlet Park (3024 Murray St.) that’s already been hosting matches since March.

The city will host a special community opening event on Saturday, June 8, at 10 a.m. with remarks from Mayor Meghan Lahti, representatives from local sports clubs and the Rotary Club of Port Moody.

Then visitors will be able to run around, kick a ball or two, grab a treat or try out the new playground next to the FIFA-regulation turf field that also incorporates two diamonds for softball or baseball.

“The park has been transformed into a versatile recreation facility and community hub,” Lahti said in a news release.

“Whether you come for a game, batting practice, a playground visit or a stroll along the boardwalk to view the restoration plantings, we hope you will feel welcome in this revitalized public space.”

The park, which used to be little more than a dusty dirt and gravel all-weather field that often left players with skinned knees and a mouse-infested concrete fieldhouse used by the Port Moody Minor Soccer Club (PMSC) for storage, was closed in December 2022 so work could commence on the $8-million project after years of advocacy and lobbying by user groups.

While the new facility also includes parking for 80 vehicles and a raised boardwalk along the park’s backside, a replacement fieldhouse is still in the design phase and will only be built when funding is secured.

Even so, PMSC president Matthew Campbell said the field makes it easier to schedule matches and practices for the club’s growing membership that ranges from two-year-old tykes to adult recreational teams as well as academy and adaptive programs.

Lahti said she hopes a new fieldhouse will be a “showcase” for the city, with meeting rooms, a concession, as well as washroom, changing and storage facilities.

She suggested it might also feature integrated seating.