Multi-use Sports Box Project

Last updated April 12, 2021

Thanks to an $892,778 Canada Infrastructure Program – Community, Culture, and Recreation Program grant and $400,000 contribution from Sunriver Estates, the District of Sooke and SEAPARC are set to begin the development of a multi-use sports box at 2430 Phillips Road in Sunriver. Stay informed on the project by following this page, sooke.ca/sportsbox.


Site Planning

After the geotechnical studies are complete, the preliminary site plan will be available in spring 2021.  SEAPARC Manager and Project Lead Steve Knoke shares, “We hope to determine two potential site layouts and consult with neighbours to refine the site plan.”

Site updates:

  • April 12, 2021: Concept explorations continue as the community input is integrated into concept plans with technical site planning.
  • March 29, 2021: Concept explorations are underway. Residents can expect stakes mapping potential options for the site on the ground. These are potential options as feasibility is explored. The project team is hoping to have a timeline with key milestones available by March 31, 2021.
  • Week of Monday, March 15, 2021: Geotechnical testing with multiple holes being dug.
    • Update March 19, 2021: The Geotechnical Engineer will be onsite Tuesday, March 23, 2021 continuing the geotechnical investigation.
    • Update March 18, 2021: Some vegetation (broom and blackberry) had to be removed to complete the geotechnical work. While an excavator was used to complete this work, site excavation has not yet begun.
  • Week of Monday, March 8, 2021: CRD Surveyors onsite

Project Timeline

Updated March 31, 2021:

What’s happened:

  • The geotechnical study has been completed, SEAPARC is waiting to receive the report.
  • Concept explorations to determine potential infrastructure locations, e.g. box and washroom facility, are underway.

What’s next  (Note: timelines are approximate, subject to change):

  • Concept explorations will be integrated with the geotechnical report AND the feedback received from residents to determine optimal locations for infrastructure: April 2021
  • A draft concept plan will be submitted through the Development Permit Process: May 2021
  • Design of sports box (phase one): May-July 2021
  • Building Permit Application: June-July 2021
  • Project tendering (phase one): Summer 2021
  • Construction (phase one): Summer 2021-Spring 2022
  • Park Master Plan Development (phase two): Early 2022

Public Participation

This 5-question survey is designed to curate a wish list of potential amenities, respond to concerns, and receive general comments on the project. The survey will be available until April 30, 2021.


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What activities will the sports box service?

(Posted April 12, 2021) This is one of the questions we are looking to answer as we gather community input. As of April 12, 2021, multi-use functionality for sports, events and arts has been expressed. This intent is being integrated into the project plans.

When will a site plan be available? Will residents be able to contribute ideas or comment on the plan?

(Updated April 12, 2021) The project team is using the data received through the community input to inform the project development. After all technical studies are complete and community input has been integrated into a prospective site plan (January-April 2021), phase one site plans for the sports box development will be presented through the development permit stage of the project. It is anticipated this will take place in May 2021.

What does phase one mean? Why the phased approach?

Funding has been secured for phase one which includes sports box facility, washroom, connecting trail and parking. A phased approach allows the project team to best work with residents to optimize the needs of the space, respond to our growing opportunity, and leverage additional funding opportunities that may become available in the future. 

Will the sport box have lights? If so, when will they be turned on? How bright will they be?

The project team will ensure plans allow for future installation but can only install in the scope of this project if we come in under budget for other parts of the project. Additionally, we have received significant input regarding lighting including the types of lighting and facility hours; thank you for sharing your comments noting both the increasing functionality lighting offers while also sharing concerns of light pollution. We are listening. After the geotechnical studies are complete and potential site layouts are available, we look forward to continuing this conversation with neighbours to mitigate concerns. 

Can the sport box be built somewhere other than Sunriver?

The District’s share of the funding is from the Playing Field Reserve account that requires the funds to be spent within the Sunriver neighbourhood

  

How big will the sport box be? Will there be room for spectators?

The box will be approximately the size of an indoor hockey rink at 200 feet in length by 60 feet wide.  

Space for spectators will be incorporated into the site plan. 

  

What parking allowances will be made?

Ensuring appropriate parking for this project is a priority within project planning. Specific parking considerations will be integrated into the site plan, which will be available after geotechnical studies are completed (spring 2021). Additionally, consideration is being given to coordinate parking with the neighbouring school site and access via alternative modes of transportation.

  

Who will be responsible for the operation of the box?

SEAPARC will be responsible for operating the box. The box will be available for a combination of drop-in use and booked use, facilitated by SEAPARC. More information regarding operational items for the facility will be available once the construction of the project is further along. 

 


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Contact:

Christina Moog, District of Sooke Communications Coordinator
Tel: 250.642.1634, ext. 678
Email: cmoog@sooke.ca