Carlsbad Springs $ 2.5 Million Football Pitch Planned
OTTAWA – For Ron Palaczka, there is a lot of personal history at the Maple Leaf Almrausch German Club in Ottawa. He played youth football on this pitch.
“The German club is a hidden gem in the city,” said Palaczka, coach and active member of the football community.
The COVID-19 pandemic led Palaczka to recognize that there was a need for more quality soccer fields in Ottawa.
“Last year, during COVID, we were struggling to find quality land in the city, so I contacted the German club,” Palaczka said.
This led to the Field of Dreams project. A $ 2.5 million investment to build a state-of-the-art football facility in Carlsbad Springs.
And we’re told it’s set to become the city’s second largest turf field.
The project should be completed and ready to play in 2022. This space will be transformed into two fields.
One is an artificial turf stadium with lights and a new improved turf pitch. The two FIFA-sized football pitches.
“If you talk to any soccer member in the community, they’ve played it,” said Julian de Guzman, Canada’s most capped international soccer player and one of the main drivers of the project.
“This will allow us to develop and recognize talented players in Ottawa and having a field of dreams in their backyard is the way to go.
De Guzman, who retired as a member of Ottawa Fury FC, hopes the project will continue to grow the game in the nation’s capital.
For many who grew up playing the beautiful game at the German Club, Palaczka assured CTV News Ottawa that the German Club, which has been in existence for 50 years, will continue to operate and keep traditions beyond the pitch alive.
“I have fond memories of playing at German Club when I was young,” said Palaczka, who would visit the club with his father. “The best goulash in town is served at the German Club.”