Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) announced today that an offer by Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) to purchase 15.36 acres of land for recreational space has been accepted.
The land, located at 181 Brinkworthy Road on Salt Spring Island, will be used for additional playing fields. The existing fields on Salt Spring Island do not meet the current needs of the community, especially the active soccer and baseball leagues.
"After the Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC), sports groups and other community input, the need for additional sport fields was identified as a top priority in the PARC Strategic Plan," said Wayne McIntyre, the Salt Spring Island Electoral Area Director. "This announcement is an exciting step toward the fulfillment of this long-standing need. Congratulations to PARC and the CRD staff for their hard work and perseverance. This project will provide our community with both recreational and economic opportunities!"
The offer comes with a conditional 18 month close that will require the CRD to complete several steps including: evaluation of environmental and engineering reports, obtaining approval from the Islands Trust to forward the application to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC), obtaining approval from the ALC for non-farm use within the Agricultural Land Reserve prior and rezoning of the property to closing the sale agreement. PARC will immediately begin engaging in a thorough community consultation with stakeholders and surrounding neighbours.
For more information, please visit www.crd.bc.ca/parks-recreation-culture/parks-trails/ssi-parks
The CRD is a local government that delivers 200+ regional, sub-regional and local services for residents of the region which includes 13 municipalities and three electoral areas within 2370 square kilometres on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD is working to serve the public, and build a vibrant, livable and sustainable region.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Dan Ovington, Manager, Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation