Turf project needs more community votes

Local organizations hope to win $100,000 to help fund all weather sports field at Fred Milne park

  • Thu Oct 20th, 2016 10:00am
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It’s time to get out the vote, Sooke.

Sooke Soccer Club and the Sooke Community Association is competing in a national online vote in a bid to win funding from the Aviva Insurance community funding program.

The online vote continues until Oct. 28.

People can vote online here. So far, the Sooke project has received more than 20,000 votes.

Each registered participant has 18 votes they can use at any time and can vote for the same idea more than once, or for multiple entrants in the online contest.

The Sooke organizations are seeking a $100,000 grant from the 2016 Aviva Community Fund for funds to buy an all-weather turf field for Fred Milne Park.

The $1.2-million field is designed to serve soccer, football, field lacrosse, rugby, field hockey and baseball.

The soccer club and community association already has much of the funding in place, as well as commitments for major support in the way of expertise, materials, equipment and volunteer labour.

Project management, site work and other tasks will be largely done by volunteers and in-kind support, though the turf field will be professionally installed.

In the Aviva vote, the 15 ideas that receive the most votes in each of the two funding levels (small ideas and large ideas) will become finalists. Winners are then picked from the finalists by a panel of judges and announced on Dec. 6.

Judges will rank ideas based on the following criteria: longevity and sustainability, votes, impact, originality, likelihood of success and submission quality.