Beacon Hill Park vs. Victoria High School track and field
If I'm not mistaken it's an all-weather field going in there.
Wow. What an interesting case of difficult decisionmaking.
I can see value in both projects, as I use both facilities. The track at Vic High is ancient. I love it because it's close to my house, but it has been neglected to the point that only Lane 1 is even remotely safe to run on most of the year. Even that lane is effectively trail running in the city*. The infield is a swamp in the winter and badly pitted in the summer. It is a fine old track, though, and hits my nostalgia buttons with its dirt surface, 440y length, and its status as war memorial to fallen Vic High grads.
In short, I am very fond of the place but wish they'd at least grade the old thing from time to time. A new track to take some of the heat off of the UVic track** would be *wonderful*. And an artificial turf in the middle: Oh, what luxury.
But the all-weather fields at Beacon Hill: I submit to you all that they are the single coldest place in Greater Victoria in the winter, but you will find hundreds of kids down there playing soccer in the worst possible conditions right through the year. And when all the other fields have turned into swamps, those fields are about the only game in town. Keeping them well-supported and even extended is good for many, many young people.
I will be interested in how the city decides. Either choice is good for the city. I think I lean toward the Vic High upgrades as a way to improve the athletic choices available to Fernwood and the downtown core. I wonder whether the track facility can spread to the west a little when the old tech buildings come down.
*(Of course, poor ESQ's track is the only one in town where you can do hill-work on a 400m course )
**and don't get me started about the @$*! decision to lock the gates at UVic's track so the public can't get onto it even as early as 6:00 PM some evenings. Boneheads. How expensive is it to let people run around in circles?