Council is proposing a private clubhouse and parking lot for the open space in John Phillips Memorial Park. Council’s referendum on the issue has not been widely publicized, neither has the clubhouse proposal. Details are scarce.
Council says a clubhouse in the park is based on a 2006 plan. The 2006 plan map shows a roof, at the side of the park, labelled Community Activity Area with 35 parking spaces. Definitely not the 300 seat clubhouse proposed by Council.
Since 2006, Sooke has paid for a 2009 Parks and Trails Masterplan and a 2020 Parks and Trails Masterplan. Neither called for a large building in the park.
Council’s February 2021 newsletter said that they were working on a revised site plan for the park and asked residents to respond to a list of facilities being considered. A large private clubhouse was not on that list. Council’s February website announced that they wanted to consult with the public about their 2006 plan and provided an on-line process. Nothing has been released by Council on the results of this public input.
This is 2021. Why on earth is our town basing their decisions on a plan that is 15 years old. We need full public engagement as recommended in the 2020 Parks Plan.
- Letter: Group opposing Lions clubhouse at John Phillips Memorial Park to protest, September 4
- Letter: Underhanded negative voting re Lions Club construction on John Phillips Park is unethical
- Letter: As Sooke shifts from rural to urban, parkland must be preserved
- Letter: Sooke Lions proposal is sensitive to green space, report completed per requirements
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.