Victoria, BC–- Residents of the District of Sooke and the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area have voted in favour of purchasing land for the future development and enhancement of recreation services in their community.
The vote was regarding the purchase of the 23-acre DeMamiel Creek Golf Course, the land adjacent to the SEAPARC Leisure Complex. Results of the referendum showed that 978 people were in favour of the purchase, while 209 people were against. The acquisition is a long-term investment which will satisfy the land requirements for all future outdoor recreational projects and will not result in a tax increase for Sooke or JDF residents.
"This is a tremendous investment for the future generations of the Sooke and Juan de Fuca children. In the short term, SEAPARC will continue running the golf course as a break-even operation, and in the long term, the property will provide the necessary lands for the future recreational needs of the local residents," said Regional Director Mike Hicks.
The negotiated price of the land acquisition is $999,000 and includes the cleared, manicured land, a five bedroom home and miscellaneous equipment used to maintain the course. As a result of the passed referendum, bylaw 4052 will now proceed to adoption at the May 11 CRD Board meeting and $250,000 will be transferred for the land purchase, and the remaining $750,000 will be financed over 15 years at a fixed rate of approximately three percent. The current tax rate will fund the payment for the land and will continue to build the reserves towards the facility's exercise and weight room expansion.
The Sooke and Electoral Area Park And Recreation Commission (SEAPARC), which is governed by the CRD, is a partnership between the District of Sooke and the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area and has the mandate to provide recreational facilities and opportunities for their residents. The SEAPARC Leisure Complex currently houses a three-pool aquatic centre, ice rink, multi-purpose/fitness space, boardroom, sports field, bike park and skate park. Through its strategic planning process, the commission identified the acquisition of additional lands for long-term growth and expansion as well as the creation of an exercise and weight room facility as their top priorities.
For the latest updates and information relating to the land acquisition, visit www.crd.bc.ca/seaparc
The Sooke and Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Commission (SEAPARC) creates recreational opportunities for the public through development, provision and operation of the recreational facilities, programs and activities. SEAPARC is a partnership of the municipality of Sooke and western communities in the JDF Electoral Area (Port Renfrew, Otter Point, Shirley, Jordan River and East Sooke). The commission serves the residents of these areas. Funding for the commission comes from property taxes and user fees.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Mike Hicks, SEAPARC Commission Chair
CRD Director, Juan de Fuca Electoral Area