Lions’ Proposal for John Phillips Memorial Park Town Hall Event Scheduled for September 25, 2022

Thursday, August 11, 2022 – Residents are encouraged to save the date for September 25, 2022, when the Sooke Lions will host a town hall event to hear more from residents about the possibilities for a multi-use community amenity facility at John Phillips Memorial Park.

“The Sooke Lions are in service to our community and are looking to better understand what type of facility and related amenities could best meet the needs of Sooke,” said Sooke Lion, Danny Willis. “Our members will be on hand to answer resident questions and address concerns about the potential project.”

The District has not yet entered into a lease arrangement with the Sooke Lions, as we continue to listen to the community. Speaking to this Mayor Maja Tait shared, “We need to understand more about the proposal before we can make a decision.”

“How best to use John Phillips Memorial Park is certainly not a new conversation. For years we have heard from residents about optimizing the use of the space while also respecting the park ecology,” Tait continued. “We have a reputable community organization looking to establish a not-for-profit society to oversee the facility, including its construction and management, following existing zoning; it’s certainly something that warrants consideration.”

The event will take place at the Sooke Community Hall, located at 2037 Shields Road, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25th, 2022, with a complementary information station in the park at the same time. In advance of the event, signage will be displayed in the park, along with markings to outline the park boundary and the potential footprint of a facility.

“On behalf of Council, we are grateful to the Lions for their tremendous service in Sooke and their interest to continue the conversation on a potential multi-use community facility at John Phillips Memorial Park so we can make the best decision possible for our growing community,” Tait added.

Questions or comments about the potential multi-use community facility can be made through the Sooke Lions’ website.

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