A community input session will be held this Tuesday evening, on plans for a new $5.5 million dollar sports facility at Victoria High School.
The proposed facilities would include a new all-weather turf field, refurbishing the existing track and a fieldhouse.
The plan is to complete the project in phases, the first phase would cost $1.3 million dollars for the field and lighting.
Victoria High Principal Randi Falls believes the facilities would provide benefits to the whole community, not only school.
"I want to see the kids from Gorge Jay use the field, and Central and Lansdowne. Let's share it with the whole Victoria family of schools and then broaden it to the community."
[Fernwood] Vic High sports facility | Proposed
Posted 27 October 2014 - 09:18 AM
Posted 27 October 2014 - 11:34 AM
Would be great to see something similar, especially the all weather field, at Mt Doug as well. The football program for one could use a suitable home field - currently travel to Westhills to play home games.
Posted 27 October 2014 - 02:15 PM
I was at the most recent PAC meeting where the principal gave us a presentation. This facility looks fantastic and as a parent I am pleased to support the project. It will be nice to have an alternative to UVic.
Posted 27 October 2014 - 02:51 PM
Posted 28 October 2014 - 01:34 PM
^ Nope, that would not really make sense.
The Crystal Pool is a pool and this will be sports field and running track. Too few facilities in common. Also, the distance between the two is too great for students to travel off-campus to use the field and track.
Posted 28 October 2014 - 01:41 PM
Victoria High School’s Memorial Stadium, opened in 1951 to honour students who died in the Second World War, is in line for a major refit designed to benefit the entire community.
School staff and alumni are spearheading the project, which would include a $5.5-million multi-sport complex, complete with an all-weather-turf field, lights and fieldhouses.
“The lights would start to get the community use after 5 p.m.,” said Keith McCallion, a former Vic High principal and member of the Victoria High School Alumni Association.
McCallion said the existing stadium was one of a kind when it was completed. “It’s the first high-school stadium in B.C.,” he said. “There was no other before that one.”
He said fellow alumnus Roger Skillings, retired CEO of Canadian Sports Centre Pacific, will be a big part of the fundraising effort.
One plan is to ask grad classes from past years to raise money. “We think that will probably take about a year to do,” McCallion said, noting the alumni group has about 15,000 people in its database.
Construction activity is still some time away, he said. “If we could get shovels in the ground within a year to 18 months on Phase 1, that would be terrific.”
Phase 1 would include the field and lights, he said, while the track would be installed in Phase 2.
Posted 11 December 2014 - 01:20 PM
Vic High french immersion teacher Jean Campbell arrived at the school five years ago to teach PE and coach the girls volleyball team. That year the team finished dead last in their division.
This year the team finished in first place.
The progress of the volleyball team is just one small indicator of the steps the school has been taking to promote sports at all levels.
In the 60’s and 70’s Vic High had been a sports powerhouse but over time that reputation had faded. This was compounded when the catchment rule, forcing kids to attend the school in their area, was lifted allowing them to choose their own school.
Posted 16 March 2015 - 07:39 AM
Victoria High School, under the leadership of Principal Randi Falls, has decided to raise $6 million needed to renovate and upgrade the facilities, and the Alumni Association has pledged its support in memory of Wallace and those who made the supreme sacrifice in the Second World War.
The proposed upgrade is expected to be done in four stages, with the initial phase to cost $1.5 million for lights and artificial turf. Community and sports groups in the city, which will share access to the facilities, have expressed support for the project and have signified a willingness to help in the fundraising efforts.
Initially, the project was planned for five phases. But planners thought it made more sense to combine the artificial turf and lighting in the initial phase. The second phase would be a fieldhouse, followed by an eight-lane track and finally the stadium renovation.
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Posted 16 March 2015 - 09:47 AM
As a PAC member I have seen some of the renderings and heard several reports from Randi. This project is going to be a great addition to the school and a useful facility for the whole district. No longer will district-wide events have to have students travel to UVic as the only facility available.
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