–Jo Phillips, text; photos by Debbie Clarkston
From its opening moments with T’souke Chief Gordon Planes and Elder Shirley Alphonse through an enlightening history of the local playing fields by the Sooke Soccer/Fred Milne Field Committee and heartfelt statements from municipal leaders and John Horgan, the message was loud and clear: Sooke’s new turf field is a shining example of community effort, something that Sooke is noted for and which is still alive and well, even in these tight times.
The new $1.5m field would not have been possible without the solid efforts of local businesses contributing time, machinery and materials, dedicated volunteers and dollar donations, large and small, from the community.
Langford mayor Stu Young noted that Sooke had set the turf field building bar ridiculously high (or would that be low?) by putting in the largest playing field on the lower island for only $1 million in municipal funding ($700,000 from the District of Sooke and $300,000 from the Juan de Fuca Regional District, significantly augmented by all of the community donations.)
Langford will be budgeting twice that for the new fields it is planning, Young noted.
Impressively, Sooke’s turf field came in under budget and on time and has been in steady use during the rainy month of November when the grass fields here—and elsewhere in the area—have been rendered too wet to use.
- Sooke soccer turf celebrates Sooke’s community
- Sooke Soccer celebrates its grand $1.5m turf field opening
- Sooke’s Gas Tax transfer will primarily go the Turf Field project
- Special meeting approves $270,500 for Sooke Turf Field Project
- Cast votes to help Sooke Soccer put another $100K toward all-weather turf
- Sooke Soccer calls for support at today’s Council meeting