A New Netting Structure for the Town of Havelock

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jan 2, 2023 6:27:00 AM


    In the spring of 2022, the Town of Havelock was looking  for  the right company to assist them with keeping balls in play. This small eastern-Ontario town is filled with character and up until 2019 was the home of the world famous Havelock Country Jamboree which saw thousands of country music fans descend on the town for the annual festival.

    While the pandemic slowed things down musically for the town, life has gone on and as local ball players continue to fill local parks and diamonds, and so the town reached out to us to design, supply and install a custom Netting Barrier for the town's ball field.

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    Topics: Sports Netting, Netting Barriers

    New Netting Barriers for FIFA-Approved Soccer Facility

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Dec 20, 2022 4:00:00 AM


    In what is being touted as the “Field of Dreams”, this $2.5 million project was put into motion at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. As we were forced to find open-air activities to participate in, the lack of quality locations and facilities quickly became apparent.

    In search of more quality soccer pitches in the Ottawa area, Ron Palaczka, a coach and active member of the soccer community, reached out to the Maple Leaf Almrausch German Club. This non-profit club was founded in 1964 and is strictly managed by its members, operating as the only German Clubhouse in the National Capital Region.

    The conversation between Palaczka and the club would eventually lead to the Field of Dreams project, bringing the second-largest turf field to the National Capital Region. The project includes  a state-of-the-art turf installation with premium lighting fixtures to keep the new FIFA-sized pitch lit up for evening play.

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    Topics: Sports Netting, Netting Barriers

    A Custom Netting Barrier for the University of Ottawa

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Oct 14, 2020 5:44:43 AM


    The University of Ottawa is the largest English-French bilingual university on the planet, comprising over 100 acres of beautiful real estate in Canada’s capital. Originally established as the College of Bytown in 1848, the university has grown to become one of the country’s most respected educational institutions.

    Donning the garnet and grey, the Ottawa Gee-Gees and their respected athletic program consistently provide a high level of competition and play. With 29 varsity teams to its credit including a fiercely respected football team, the University of Ottawa has the athletic prowess to match its academic prominence.

    Up until 2013, the Gee-Gees football team did not have a home field on campus, instead using outside locations such as the Varsity Oval (1881-1953), Landsdowne Park (1954-2011), and Beckwith Park (2012), before construction was completed on Gee-Gees Field in 2013. Situated along the 417 highway which cuts directly through the city of Ottawa, the new stadium provides the team with excellent exposure. We were fortunate to have been awarded the contract to design and build the grandstands that are located in the new stadium as well.

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    Topics: Sports Netting, Netting Barriers

    A Safety Netting Barrier for Morgan Park

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jun 16, 2020 4:00:00 AM


    Located around 30km outside of downtown Toronto, one of our recent projects took us to the beautiful city of Markham, a part of the Greater Toronto Area. As the largest city in the York Region, Markham is home to close to 400,000 residents and is home to a number of scenic pathways and outdoor spaces.

    With a revitalization project in the works, our team was contacted to help ensure the safety of residents in the area at Morgan Park, one of the city’s most popular recreational spaces. As part of the revitalization, the city undertook a massive renovation to the park’s pool and surrounding area. In addition to the pool, the park is now home to a new children’s playground as well as sports fields such as baseball diamonds.

    During the design phase, it was immediately apparent that the new playground scheduled for construction was potentially in harm’s way from the big bats playing under the lights of the community baseball fields.

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    Topics: Sports Netting, Netting Barriers

    The Ultimate Netting Kit

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    May 22, 2020 11:00:00 AM


    When it comes to keeping balls, pucks and other projectiles in play, nothing compares to a sound netting system. While some needs and requirements can be complex in nature and design for locations such as multi-use sports fields or professional applications (we do that too!), we also supply ready-to-use netting solutions for everyday use.

    Outside of custom netting solutions, our netting kit is one of our most versatile netting solutions. Without letting the small packaging fool you, these netting kits are the perfect solution to the majority of netting needs in both residential and industrial applications.

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    Topics: Sports Netting, Netting Barriers

    Wall Padding, Netting and Basketball Systems for Metropolitan Prep Academy

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Mar 10, 2020 2:15:00 AM

    Founded in 1982, Metropolitan Preparatory Academy began as a mission to encourage educators to have a profound impact on the lives of the students they teach. While the academy is private in nature, it operates differently than other schools like it. With a mission to provide a safe, inclusive and inviting atmosphere, Metropolitan Prep Academy does not require students to wear uniforms, unlike many other established private schools in the Toronto area.
    The school operates as both a middle and secondary school, serving approximately 100 students across grades seven through twelve. Besides encouraging academic excellence, the school is also home to an impressive athletics department. Known as the Predators, the school has teams in football, cross country, soccer, basketball, golf, hockey and many others.
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    Topics: Basketball Equipment, Netting Barriers, Custom Padding, Wall Padding

    A Netting Barrier for the City of Toronto’s MacGregor Park

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Feb 13, 2020 4:21:00 AM


    Blending recreational activities with downtown living in a city as large as Toronto is no easy feat. As Canada’s largest city and North America’s fourth largest in terms of population, a great deal of planning was required in the execution of a project in such a large urban centre.

    This was quite apparent with one of our recent projects that kicked off in 2019 and which was completed earlier this year. During the summer of 2019, we were contacted by Victor Ford and Associates, an award-winning landscape architect firm with roots in western Canada now located in Toronto. Providing sustainable and creative designs that are functional, aesthetically pleasing, durable and practical is what VFA specializes in and we had the opportunity to learn that first hand.

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    Topics: Netting Barriers

    New Cricket Field Netting for the City of Ottawa

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jun 20, 2019 6:09:49 AM


    Located in the east end of Canada’s Capital is one of the city’s newest recreational facilities, boasting state-of-the-art facilities and a variety of programming for local residents.

    The François Dupuis Recreation Centre is located in the east Ottawa community of Orleans and aims to serve the community as a one-stop-shop for residents’ fitness needs. The new facility features a 25-metre, six-lane pool as well as a leisure pool and a dry sauna. Additionally, there is also a convenient fitness and cardio centre equipped with high-tech fitness equipment with the programming to match.

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    Topics: Sports Netting, Netting Barriers

    A New Netting Barrier for the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jun 4, 2019 5:21:21 AM


    While we aren’t talking about any current Major League hitters when it comes to community baseball diamonds, we are talking about the big bats of the future. As such, with many community organizations or municipalities, keeping balls in play and out of creeks, lakes, parking lots and crowds is always priority number one.

    This was the case in one of our more recent projects in the west end of Ottawa. Located within city limits, the small village of Fitzroy Harbour is situated along the Ottawa River at the confluence of the mighty Carp River. This small village is one of the last stops on the west Ottawa border and is also home to Fitzroy Provincial Park, servicing outdoor enthusiasts since 1963 amid century-old white pines and 200-year-old bur oak trees.

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    Topics: Sports Netting, Netting Barriers

    New Arena Safety Netting for the Bell Sensplex

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    May 14, 2019 10:08:25 AM


    Constructed in 2004, the Bell Sensplex serves as the official practice facility for the NHL’s Ottawa Senators hockey club. Built in partnership with the City of Ottawa, the 180,000 square foot facility boasts three NHL-sized ice surfaces, one Olympic-sized ice rink and an indoor fieldhouse and additionally serves a number of minor hockey leagues and short track speed skating clubs in the greater Ottawa region.

    We were recently contacted by stakeholders from within the Sensplex organization with questions regarding some safety netting for the Olympic-sized rink inside this community-focused athletic facility.

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    Topics: Hockey Equipment, Sports Netting, Netting Barriers

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