Victoria, BC– The SEAPARC Leisure Complex in Sooke will be expanded thanks to a $1.24 million grant from the Federal Gas Tax Fund. The grant application was endorsed by the Capital Regional District (CRD) Board and the grant will go towards expansion of the complex to provide increased recreational opportunities to the District of Sooke and the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area.
The total cost of the SEAPARC Leisure Complex expansion is $2.75 million, with the balance of $1.5 million coming from SEAPARC’s reserve funds. The expansion will address the need for a fitness gym facility and additional multi-purpose space, as current space is at capacity. This addition will enhance the diversity of programs and recreation opportunities the complex offers with its current ice arena (built in 1976), two pools, one multi-purpose room and a meeting room (built in 2000). SEAPARC also owns and operates a bike park, skate park, baseball diamond and par 3 golf course.
The expansion will increase the 4,739 square metre (51,020 square foot) footprint of the complex by 10%, or approximately 478 square metres (5,150 square feet). The addition includes a 144 square metre (1,550 square foot) movement studio and multi-use room and a 334 square metre (3,600 square foot) fitness gym.
Each year, the Government of Canada provides over $278 million in funding for local government infrastructure across British Columbia through the Federal Gas Tax Fund. The Union of BC Municipalities administers the Federal Gas Tax Fund in British Columbia in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.
John Horgan, B.C. Premier and MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca: “This is a wise investment to enhance recreation and fitness opportunities for Sooke residents. SEAPARC is a great facility that will be even better with the additional space and equipment provided through a partnership with all levels of government.”
Director Wendy Booth, President, UBCM: “Communities across BC are looking for funding to replace, upgrade and expand local infrastructure. The federal Gas Tax Fund is accelerating the pace of infrastructure renewal through the transfer of close to $3 billion since 2005 for projects in our province. I appreciate the Government of Canada’s long-term commitment to fund priorities identified by BC local governments.”
JDF Electoral Area Director Mike Hicks: "We are very appreciative of this grant as it allows us to build this fantastic new facility with no tax increase to our constituents. In the last few years, Sooke and JDF have partnered with others to develop a golf course, artificial turf field, library and fitness center. Wonderful additions for all ages."
Sooke Mayor Maja Tait: “This investment means an increase in spaces that encourage healthy recreation for residents of the Sooke region, and we are thrilled that SEAPARC has been chosen. Increasing opportunities for recreation and play not only contributes to individual well-being, but helps to build vibrant and engaged communities, bringing people together and improving the health of our region overall.“
For more information and project updates, visit: https://www.crd.bc.ca/project/capital-projects/seaparc-leisure-complex-expansion
To see all of the projects funded through this intake, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/16553
To learn more about the federal Gas Tax Fund visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html
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, CRD Director
Juan de Fuca Electoral Area
Zoe Gray, Manager
CRD Corporate Communications