Multi-use Sports Box Project

Last updated January 18, 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 Plan

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.”


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.

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Frequently Asked Questions (& Answers)

What is the project timeline?

Surveyors will be on site in December 2020 with geotechnical studies finalized in early 2021. A contract for development should be issued in June 2021 with the ground breaks in the summer of 2021. Phase 1 project completion is targeted for December 2021. Timelines are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances including weather. The project team is committed to working towards these project timelines with any updates posted on the project webpage at sooke.ca/sportsbox

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. 

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

After the geotechnical studies are complete, the preliminary site plan will be available in spring 2021.  

We welcome comments from residents. Please share your ideas HERE as the project team hears:

  • Your wishes for the site 
  • Your concerns about the project 
  • Receives additional comments 

Will the sport box have lights? If so, when will they been 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