Area across from Fred Milne Park which will be the spot for eight horseshoe pitches.

Horseshoe club gains land for eight pitches

Use agreement signed between club and District of Sooke

At the District of Sooke council meeting on January 26, council recommended approval of a two-year agreement between the district and the Sooke Horseshoe Pitching Assoc. for use of a portion of the Sooke River Park as a horseshoe pitch.

The park is located across Sooke River Road from Fred Milne Park. The asssociation will get use of approximately 20 metres by 30 metres for eight horseshoe pitches.

Councillor Bev Berger,  who had opposed the motion in October 14, still said she felt the location was not the best and would vote against the motion to sign the agreement.

“I think your association is a  wonderful association and I hope you flourish but I don’t think this is the best location.

“This area is going to be limited,” she said and mentioned the fact that the district did not have a park plan.

The idea of a horseshoe pitch came about at least three years ago. Council turned down a proposal to have the club use space in John Phillips Memorial Park.

If further expansion or building a clubhouse takes place the agreement would have to be amended. According to the Agricultural Land Commission, if a clubhouse is built it cannot exceed 1,000 square feet. Staff proposed angled parking on the district right-of-way.