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Oakfield Rugby Park Celebrates its Grand Opening 16 July, 2022
(Perth, 03 June, 2022) – Lanark County’s newest sports facility, Oakfield Rugby Park, will officially celebrate its establishment from 11am to 6pm on 16 July, 2022. All are welcome to visit the 20-acre park located at 2585 Drummond Concession 2, just 10 minutes East of Perth, for a day of rugby, ribbon-cutting, music and all-ages activities.
“Oakfield will serve both as home to the Lanark Highlanders and also aspires to become a regional centre of excellence for rugby development in Eastern Ontario,” says Dan Drummond, president of the club, and the builder who constructed the site’s clubhouse. “It’s a great day for the community.”
The grounds boast four, full-sized rugby pitches, one designed to international specifications. Dan Drummond’s company, Better Homes and Renovations, constructed the clubhouse. “All of the labourers and tradespeople hired to work on the construction were local and many were Highlanders,” adds Sean Kennedy, one of the club’s founding members.
The clubhouse’s Great Hall is appointed with a wood fireplace, oak rafters, iron candelabra and 24’ bar. It has already hosted weddings, conferences and training clinics. Thanks to a partnership arrangement with Tony Vanderburgh of Jakobol Strongfit, Oakfield also boasts a modern, full-service fitness centre as well as change rooms, showers, and laundry facilities.
“The vision for Oakfield Rugby Park is expansive,” says founder Toby Shannan. “The Park and Great Hall will also serve as a community gathering site for Lanark County’s many arts and cultural communities.” A busy off-season calendar of events is currently in the works and will include concerts, lectures, and various community gatherings throughout the Fall, Winter and Spring.
“But in the summer, we’re all about the rugby,” adds Kurt Greaves, another of the original founding members of the club.
The Lanark Highlanders currently offer full-contact and flag rugby programming for all ages and all genders. New members are always welcome. Find them on the web at lanarkrugby.com or join the Highlanders in person on 16 July to tour their facilities, enjoy a day packed with exhibition rugby games, a BBQ, all-ages activities, live music, and full bar service.