Improvements eyed for John Phillips Memorial Park

Public washrooms, loop trail, picnic tables and benches among amenities considered

  • Thu Mar 17th, 2016 7:00pm
  • News

New amenities could soon be on the way to John Phillips Memorial Park.

Sooke council will consider adding public washrooms, loop trail, picnic tables and benches following a recommendation from the parks and trails advisory advisory committee.

The recommendations were forwarded to a future budget meeting.

Over the years there have been several proposals on how to develop the park from building a library, horseshoe pitches, even a bike skills facility.

Earlier this year, the committee hosted an information meeting on the park at SEAPARC Leisure Complex where residents were asked to prioritize what they wanted to see at the park. There was also an online survey.

Acting mayor Rick Kasper applauded the current proposals but would like to see some provision for parking.

“This would give some additional opportunities for people that either have a physical impairment or have a hard time going down the stairs in order to get access to the park,” he said.

John Phillips Memorial Park was created in 2005 and is the largest green space in Sooke’s urban core at 7.75 hectares.