Site preparations for new Sooke community recreation facility begins

Commissioning of multi-use sports box is set for December 2021

Friday, December 18, 2020 – 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.

Surveyors will be on site in the coming days and geotechnical site preparations with excavators will begin in the coming weeks. SEAPARC Manager and Project Lead Steve Knoke shares, “Once the geotechnical study is complete, we will have a better idea of the box location. We hope to determine two potential site layouts and consult with neighbours to refine the site plan.”

Among the neighbours include Sooke School District 62 with plans emerging to include a 396-space elementary school located at 2438 Phillips Road. “Sooke has a vision of an inclusive, healthy and self-sufficient community. Such a recreation facility that is easily accessible to many residents is a tremendous asset to assist us towards this vision,” said Mayor Maja Tait. “Leveraging funding to maximize the cost-benefit to residents thanks to the coordination between SEAPARC and District staff adds to the excitement of this project,” shared Tait.

The project is set to take shape in multiple phases with phase one aiming for an end of year 2021 completion. Phase one will include a sport box facility, washroom, connecting trail and parking. Additional phases will include facility and park enhancements in consultation with neighbours and facility users.

For more information and project updates please visit, sooke.ca/sportsbox

Timelines of the development of the elementary school are not yet known. The Sooke School District 62 publishes a long-range facility plan on their website for those wishing to learn more.

Media Contact:

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

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