Cowichan Sportsplex Funding Being Put To A Vote

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Sept 16,2014(ISN) – Residents go to the polls on Saturday, November 15th 2014 to set the direction of our

communities for the next four years.

In addition to voting for Municipal representatives, 

Regional Director and School District Trustees, you will be asked whether or not the

Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) should provide core funding to the Cowichan

Sportsplex. This important question will determine the future of this great community

asset.

The Sportsplex, as we know it today, was built over several years by the Chesterfield

Sports Society, which was formed in 1996. The impetus for this development came in

1989 when due to its deteriorated condition, the track at Cowichan Secondary School

was closed to competition. The community started to talk about what sports facilities

were needed, where the best site was located and after careful consideration the

Chesterfield Sports Society formed and began to build what is now a world class sports

and recreation facility. Amongst its amenities, the Sportsplex houses fields for soccer,

field hockey and lacrosse as well as slo-pitch diamonds, a lacrosse box, a cushioned

track, outdoor fitness equipment and a children’s playground. The site is level, easily

accessible for all and has ample parking.

The Sportsplex is a tremendous asset to our community. Not only does it give residents

a variety of recreation opportunities, it also provides our youth, from across the region,

with a facility to practise and compete at an elite level. Importantly, it offers those

recovering from injuries or surgeries a place to recover on a user friendly exercise

circuit and cushioned track. Without the Sportsplex, our community would not have

been able to attract the Cowichan 2005 BC Seniors Games, the Cowichan 2008 North

American Indigenous Games or the upcoming 2018 BC Summer Games.

We are well positioned to capitalize on a variety of sport tourism events. We have

wonderful, committed and willing volunteers, some of the most beautiful scenery in the

world and with our existing community amenities can meet most, if not all, sports needs.

These events provide lasting legacies for our future both financially and in friendships

gained.

Although the question on the referendum ballot will ask if you support a maximum

contribution of up to $1.68 per $100,000 of property assessment, it is important to know

the CVRD already provides funding to the Sportsplex via the grant-in-aid function. A

YES vote in November will shift the funding already provided annually for the last five

years in the form of a regional grant-in-aid to a line item in the budget. There will be little

or no increase to your taxes. It will provide stable core funding to the Society, which

means they will not need to apply year after year for grant-in-aid funding.

If you have not visited the complex, it is located on Chesterfield Road in Duncan and

is well worth see viewing. When you go to the polls on November 15th I hope you will

consider voting YES to provide permanent core funding for the Sportsplex.

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