John Phillips Memorial Park & Ponds Corridor

Last updated May 3, 2021

John Phillips Memorial Park, named for the groundskeeper who dedicated much of his time and talents to enhancing the space, is located at 2201 Otter Point Road, next to the District of Sooke Municipal Hall, between Otter Point Road, Wadams Way, and Townsend Road. This seven-hectare parkland, formerly operated as a golf course, features a pond, 1.52 kilometres of gravel walking trails, Douglas fir, hemlock and cedar groves.

The park area extends via the Stickleback Urban Trail to Ponds Corridor. Ponds Corridor is an additional 2.5 acres of linear parkland.

Park Highlights

  • Access to many great trails in neighbourhoods and small trail connections in and around the town centre
  • Natural wetland home to 83 species of birds, frogs and red-eared slider turtles
  • Attractive hilly space (used for sledding in winter) with mowed grass and diverse species of trees
  • A popular destination for dog walkers
  • Water fountain with water bottle fill station and pet faucet
  • Park washrooms – open dawn to dusk

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Park Enhancements

With the approval of the parks and trails master plan in October 2020, exciting enhancements are set to take shape at John Phillips Memorial Park. The revised master site planning will include additional parking, a fenced dog park within Ponds Park Corridor, and planning of a multi-use community area to maximize the functionality of this community asset.

The Master Plan identifies continued community engagement for John Phillips Memorial Park and with that, the District invited your input from February 1, 2021-April 30, 2021 to learn what your priorities are for park amenities. Thank you to the 75 respondents who participated in this public engagement. An update map plan, informed by your input, is being produced.

Frequently Asked Questions (& Answers)

What consultation has taken place on John Phillips Memorial Park? What work has been completed in response to this consultation?

Master planning of John Phillips Memorial Park was launched in 2005 with park grooming and trail additions being made from 2008 to 2012. Trail expansions and the addition of picnic tables and benches were added in 2016. 2019-2020 marked the addition of a park washroom, wayfinding kiosk and wayfinding signage and the installation of a water fountain.

On October 13, 2020, Council approved the Parks and Trails Master Plan to continue to shape the future enhancements of the District’s parks and trails. The master planning process informs what the community can expect to see taking place at John Phillips Memorial Park in the coming months.

As captured in the Parks & Trails Master Planning, updating of the plan is needed. An updated map of the park is being produced and will be further informed through an open engagement period taking place through early Spring 2021. Please click here to participate. This engagement period seeks to verify desired amenities for the space and prioritize them appropriately.

In addition to this “open engagement period”, amenity specific consultation will also be available as the revised plan takes shape. Please subscribe to be added to related electronic mailing lists.

What changes will be made to John Phillips Memorial Park in the coming months? What is the timeline?

Much of this will be informed by the community. Please participate in this brief survey open until March 31, 2021. This input will be used to help prioritize additional amenities for the park, as desired by the community.

Things to keep in mind:

  • A revised “living” site plan will be available early 2021
  • The desired location for a fenced dog park has been identified within Ponds Corridor. Dog park-specific consultation will take place separately and in consultant with Ponds Coordinator neighbours.

The next phase of enhancements for John Phillips Memorial Park & Ponds Corridor includes:

  • Revised “living” site plan – coming soon! early 2021
  • Fenced dog-park – timeline: 2021
  • Additional parking – opportunity may be available in conjunction with the development of 2197 Otter Point Rd
  • Multi-use community area – to be announced
  • 2020-2021 community-inspired idea(s) – to be announced

As timelines become available, please check back to this page – updates will be posted regularly. Additional opportunities for public participation on specific community amenities will also be available. To be added to our electronic mailing listing, please let us know here.

Park Background

Determining Park Use

A John Phillips Memorial Park Trust Committee was formed in the summer of 2005, with a mandate to develop and implement a process resulting in a recommendation for the future of the park. On November 10, 2006 the final report was approved by Council and included:

  • A phased approach to the development of the park
  • Within the phases, park enhancements may include:
    • Preservation/restoration of the wetlands and pond area
    • Establishing a meadow area
    • Development of accessible pathways
    • Boardwalks through sensitive areas
    • Lighting additions
    • Additional picnic areas – four picnic tables as of fall 2020
    • Picnic shelter
    • Permanent washroom structure – completed 2019
    • Expanded parking (to be adequate but only as extensive as required)
    • Open activity areas for non-structured recreation
    • Amenities and facilities provided by volunteer groups
    • Special plantings
    • Gazebo
    • Multi-purpose structure for functions, gathering, country market, etc.
    • Play area for families and children
    • Putting green

Project Milestones

  • Trail additions connecting Townsend access to Otter Point Road access was completed in 2012.
  • Community youth expressed a keen interest in a bike slalom run. A new location for this community amenity was selected and the Sooke Bike Park opened in March 2015 at the SEAPARC Leisure Complex, located at 2168 Phillips Road.
  • The loop trail additions and further connection from Townsend to Otter Point Road were completed in 2016.
  • Water fountain with water bottle fill station and pet faucet was completed 2019.
  • Washrooms, wayfinding signage and a park kiosk were added in 2020.

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District of Sooke Parks Department
Tel: 250.642.1634