At a Special Council meeting held on Monday, May 1, Sooke elected officials approved a motion that they would give $270,500 to the Sooke Community Association for the first installment of the Turf Field Project on one of the Soccer fields at Fred Milne Park on River Road.
Motion: THAT Council approve a payment of $270,500 to the Sooke Community Association from the Playing Field Reserve Fund for the purposes of the first installment of the Turf Field Project.
It was noted that those funds would come from the $400,000 Playing Field Reserve Fund (bylaw 608).
There was objection from a member of the public, as the land housing the playing fields was private and belonged to the Sooke Community Association. Other objections included a finding that removal of turf fields in general could cost more than the initial installation, and the expected lifespan of the current field was 10 years.
Countering that was a statement that when the volunteer contributions from members of the Community Association subside, all lands owned by them would be probably sold to the District for $1. The Sooke Community Association was founded in the 1930s to undertake projects for the benefit of the community.
Other funding is coming from the CRD and the gas tax.
The motion carried.