© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
Jack Mosher, left, Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee; Ron MacKinley, minister of fisheries, aquaculture and rural development; Martha Ellis, president of the Sherwood/Parkdale Rangers Soccer Club and Colin Blanchard, have a bit of a kick around after the official opening of the clubhouse at the Parkman Soccer Complex in East Royalty Saturday.
With the official opening of the Parkman Soccer Complex in East Royalty, the Sherwood/Parkdale Rangers soccer club now has a place to call home.
The ribbon was snipped Saturday morning to officially open the new $210,000 clubhouse located on 68 Robertson Road. Funding for the new building was provided by the Sherwood-Parkdale Rangers Soccer Club ($60,000); the Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development through the Island Community Fund ($60,000)and Charlottetown’s parks and recreation department ($90,000).
“We are thrilled that after almost 40 years the Sherwood-Parkdale Rangers now have a place to call home thanks to the city and the province for their financial contribution to the 400 youth of the Sherwood-Parkdale area,” said Martha Ellis, president of the Sherwood-Parkdale Rangers Soccer Club. “It is vital that we give our youth an opportunity to play sports at a reasonable price in their community to build confidence and to keep them healthy and active."
The Rangers have represented the province at more national championships than any soccer club on P.E.I., Ellis said.
The new building was constructed to meet the needs of the Sherwood-Parkdale Rangers Soccer Club and the general public, it was stated in a press release issued for the official opening. The building is wheelchair accessible, has two washrooms, a canteen, a common area, change rooms, a utility and storage room, and an office/meeting space. It overlooks the city’s three soccer fields at the Parkman Soccer Complex, which has been the home field for the Sherwood-Parkdale Rangers Soccer Club for the last five years.
On hand for the opening was Mayor Clifford Lee; Ron MacKinley, minister of fisheries, aquaculture and rural development; Melissa Hilton, chair of the city’s park, recreation and leisure activities committee and a whole lot of soccer players who were anxiously waiting for the speeches to end so the games could begin.
The complex is built on land that was farmland owned by the Parkman family.