84% of City Supports Upgrading the Bowl at Gordon Howe Park

Written by Friends of the Bowl Foundation

July 11, 2013

SASKATOON SK – At a news conference today, the volunteer Friends of the Bowl Foundation Inc. (“the Foundation”) revealed results of a recent opinion poll that shows overwhelming public support for upgrading the turf, lights and amenities at the Bowl in Gordon Howe Park.

The opinion poll was commissioned by the Foundation in early 2013 as part of a review of public support for renewal of the civic facility and of Foundation plans to raise funds for the upgrades. Results were overwhelmingly positive, with 84% of respondents agreeing in the importance of upgrading the Bowl at Gordon Howe Park and 89% agreeing it is important for the city to invest in such facilities. Knowing that demand for outdoor fields has grown significantly in recent years, an overwhelming 91% of respondents agree that upgrades to the Bowl are good for Saskatoon.

“The Bowl is one of Saskatoon’s notable sports facilities and an essential football venue in the city,” said Bryan Kosteroski, Chair of the Friends of the Bowl Foundation Board. “However, its age, the maintenance demands of a grass field and inadequate facilities dramatically limit its contribution to Saskatoon’s sports field inventory. Upgrades will not only improve the safety and functionality of this venue for Saskatoon’s athletic community, but it will increase user access tenfold.”

The Foundation has been working with the City of Saskatoon to develop project plans and cost estimates for upgrades as well as engaging community members in preparation for fundraising. Donor interest in supporting upgrades to the Bowl has been very favourable so far, and a public campaign launch is anticipated for early next year.