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#1 martini

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 11:46 AM

For now I think this is a key political issue based on current council's actions.

Maybe after the election the thread can be moved.

What is happening with RAP? Why? Ramifications?

I'm looking for an open discussion on how mayor and council have been 'negotiating' it's terms of use without public consultation.

#2 martini

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 11:47 AM

I found out about this here:

http://www.lakesideb...tion-issue.html

#3 martini

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 11:48 AM

Here is Dean Fortin's response to the issue.

http://deanfortin.ca...l-athletic-park

#4 martini

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 11:54 AM

Soccer's future threatened at RAP

Starting in 2013, a baseball team would gain exclusive use of park


By Devon Rowcliffe, Times Colonist November 13, 2011


http://www.timescolo...l#ixzz1dzhbaDbc

The City of Victoria has announced plans to allow only one sports team to play at Royal Athletic Park (RAP) each summer, as of 2013. This would change the downtown park from a multi-use sports venue to a single-use facility, meaning that just one sports team would have the right to use RAP, to the exclusion of all others.

This is troubling, as RAP has served as downtown Victoria's outdoor multisport venue for more than a century. In particular, soccer has been played at RAP since 1908. RAP is currently home to two soccer clubs: Victoria Highlanders and Victoria United (the latter established in 1904). Both play in the highest level of soccer in British Columbia below Major League Soccer.



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Posted 17 November 2011 - 01:54 PM

Well I would ask whether the Highlander games had similar attendance as the Victoria Seals.

While it seems silly that if the Seals and United could play at the same place why could these teams not play there as well. The Highlanders only came once the Seals were gone and the city kicked the Seals out through unreasonable negotiation. Right now it is pretty much just a soccer field and that is not really multuse either.

If you could have a for profit stadium in Beacon Hill Park that would solve the problem. Or a stadium could go down on the parking lots by the water. That would be a great place to watch soccer too.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 10:37 PM

The ridiculous part of this whole thing is that the field can easily be shared by simply using and outfield fence with wheels. That the city would even entertain such a ridiculous proposition as banning all other uses because this proposed team cannot move the fence is a joke.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 10:57 PM

For now I think this is a key political issue based on current council's actions.

Maybe after the election the thread can be moved.

What is happening with RAP? Why? Ramifications?

I'm looking for an open discussion on how mayor and council have been 'negotiating' it's terms of use without public consultation.

Thanks martini for bringing this up. I am going to ask Robin Kimpton his position on this issue and I hope with a new mayor in town ( Brown ) that we can do somthing on this issue. I remember as a boy peeking through the holes in the old wood fence at RAP to watch the events there and how cool I thought it was when they put up the chain link. Multiple use for sure!

#8 ViccyScrub

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 09:02 PM

You can show your support for keeping soccer at Royal Athletic Park by signing this online petition:

http://www.change.or...-sport-facility

We asked the 24 candidates for Council if they will support keeping RAP as multi-sport. As of the evening before general election day, the responses were:

17 said they support keeping RAP as multi-sport:
Paul Brown
Steve Filipovic
Marianne Alto (incumbent)
Saul Andersen
Chris Coleman (incumbent)
Shellie Gudgeon
Aaron Hall
Lisa Helps
Rose Henry
Ben Isitt
Robin Kimpton
Sukhi Lalli
Philippe Lucas (incumbent)
Linda McGrew
Charlayne Thornton-Joe (incumbent)
John C. Turner
Jon Valentine

4 offered a wishy-washy non-answer:
Dean Fortin (incumbent)
Lynn Hunter (incumbent)
John Luton (incumbent)
Pam Madoff (incumbent)

3 didn't respond:
David Shebib
Sean Murray
Geoff Young (incumbent)

0 said they wanted RAP converted to a single-sport facility.

#9 Christine Selig

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 09:28 PM

You can show your support for keeping soccer at Royal Athletic Park by signing this online petition:

http://www.change.or...-sport-facility

I am going to the online pole. Thanks for the heads up.

#10 martini

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 09:40 PM

Thanks for that great post ViccyScrub!

 



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