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City inspecting safety of soccer goals

May 31, 2017

The City of Kingston is inspecting all soccer goals to ensure they are safe.

The recent tragic death of 15-year-old Garrett Mills in Napanee has highlighted the issue of soccer goal safety.

"The safety of everyone using our sports fields is of utmost importance. We know residents have a heightened awareness of this issue and we, too, wish to focus on the goals and check that they are secure," says Jim Keech, CEO and president of Utilities Kingston and commissioner of public works.

The City has 50 soccer pitches: 48 natural turf sports fields and two artificial turf fields. The City's permanent soccer goals on natural turf fields are secured to the ground. The ones on artificial turf fields - CaraCo Home and John Machin fields - are either anchored or chained to prevent tipping and are visually inspected at least once a week.

Residents who see any safety issues or vandalism at City sports facilities are asked to please call the City at 613-546-0000.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality -ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.

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Media contact: For more information call the communications and customer experience department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.