Lions In Park: Park Open Space At Risk
The District of Sooke intends to allow the Lions Club to build a clubhouse in our John Phillips Memorial Park which means we lose 1.9 acres of open space parkland.
The 2020 Sooke Parks and Trails Masterplan calls for full public engagement before any development in John Phillips Memorial Park. The negative voting process set out by Sooke Council for this project does not allow for full public engagement. An engineering study, also a requirement, has not been done.
The draft 2021 Official Community Plan calls for residential growth in the Town Core. This is our only large park in the Town Core and must be preserved for future generations as a public park.
Vacant land outside this park is available and suitable for the Lions project.
Vote NO by Sept 15
The voting process requires you to complete a town form and deliver it to the Town Hall by Sept 15. Online voting is not allowed. Forms can be obtained at the Sooke Town Hall. 1200 votes are needed to save our park. Taxpayers own this park and paid for a Parks Masterplan, that needs to be followed. This does not follow the plan.
Rally John Phillips Memorial Park
Saturday, September 4, 11 AM
Save Open Space Parks
William Wallace, Sooke
If you approve of the District of Sooke leasing a portion of John Phillips Memorial Park to the Sooke Lions, no action is needed.
If you are opposed to the District leasing a portion of John Phillips Memorial Park to the Sooke Lions, you may submit an Elector Response Form to the District of Sooke Municipal Hall (2205 Otter Point Road) during the AAP period of 8:30 a.m. August 12 to September 15, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Again, no early or late submissions can be received. The originally signed response form must be returned to the Municipal Hall – email and faxed Electoral Response forms will not be accepted.
- Read the DOS announcement here.
- Read about the Alternative Approval Process (AAP) and Elector Response form here.
- Go directly to the form here.
- You can also get an Electoral Response form at the District of Sooke Municipal Hall, located at 2205 Otter Point Road, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. excluding statutory holidays.