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Major Grant Received to Build New Field House at Cowichan Sportsplex
September 11, 2019
Project made possible thanks to Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program
(North Cowichan, BC) The Cowichan region’s premier outdoor sports, fitness, and recreation park will soon be getting a new field house thanks to a $1,067,684 grant from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.
The new field house will significantly improve the quality of this community recreational facility by adding fully accessible public washrooms and changerooms, a multi-purpose community meeting and event space, and a much-improved facility administration area. The new facility will replace two existing portable buildings: one that acts as a washroom facility/meeting room/staff lunch room that has exhausted its usable life and is plagued with significant health and safety issues, and another that houses administration offices.
This news builds on the exciting January 2019 announcement that Rowing Canada Aviron will be establishing its National Training Centre at Quamichan Lake and the Cowichan Sportsplex following the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Sportsplex and North Cowichan hope to begin construction on the new field house in mid-2020. An exact construction timeframe will be established over the coming months.
In addition to the $1,067,684 grant, the field house is being funded through $388,316 raised locally by the Chesterfield Sports Society.
The community is invited to attend a local celebration event next week:
- Date: Thursday, September 19
- Time: 3:00p.m.
- Location: Cowichan Sportsplex (on the track near the existing washrooms)
“The Cowichan Sportsplex is an exceptional athletic facility, but it’s also a place where people from across the Valley come together and create social connections around physical activity. The track, walking trail, playground, outdoor fitness equipment, and more are free for all to use, making sport and recreation accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds.”
Al Siebring, Mayor of North Cowichan
“A permanent field house has always been part of our vision, since we broke ground 23 years ago. Feedback from community users has been consistent and unequivocal over the years: the Sportsplex needs change rooms and meeting space! The new change rooms will not only serve the multitude of sport groups that regularly access our facility, but will instantly make the Sportsplex an even more prime destination for tournaments, championships, national and maybe even international competitions. This important project will not only enhance sport tourism across the region, it will also give our staff the safe and healthy workplace that they deserve.”
Don McClintock, President, Chesterfield Sports Society
While the land and facilities at the Cowichan Sportsplex are owned by the Municipality of North Cowichan, it is very much recognized as a facility that serves the entire Cowichan Region, benefiting from annual financial contributions by both the Cowichan Valley Regional District and the City of Duncan. Since 1996, a unique operating partnership has been in place, whereby the facility is operated by the non-profit, charitable Chesterfield Sports Society, with support from volunteers, donations, sponsorships and grants.
The Chesterfield Sports Society has successfully grown and developed the Sportsplex into a leading community recreation precinct that now boasts an international standard track and field facility with a full-size natural grass sports field and synthetic running track. It also features a state-of-the-art Olympic standard artificial turf field hockey pitch and practice venue, three baseball diamonds that convert to two soccer fields, a lacrosse box, a rubberized walking trail, playground, a Seniors’ Fitness park and a large parking lot area.
- Federal/Provincial News Release: “New and Improved Culture and Recreation Centres Coming to Six BC Communities” (September 6, 2019)
- More about the Cowichan Sportsplex
For more information, please contact:
Al Siebring, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan