Volunteers worked hard at building the new artificial turf field in Sooke this summer. The project took approximately eight months to complete and was made possible entirely by the generosity of local volunteers, individuals and businesses in the community. (Dawn Gibson/Sooke News Mirror)

Volunteers worked hard at building the new artificial turf field in Sooke this summer. The project took approximately eight months to complete and was made possible entirely by the generosity of local volunteers, individuals and businesses in the community. (Dawn Gibson/Sooke News Mirror)

New Sooke Turf Field to host grand opening

$1.6 million project made possible by generosity of local volunteers and businesses in the community

Sooke Turf Field is having its grand opening on Saturday (Dec. 2) and the entire community is encouraged to join in on the excitement.

The event begins at 10 a.m. at Fred Milne Athletic Park, and guests such as Premier John Horgan, Mayor Maja Tait and Capital Regional District Dir. Mike Hicks are all planned to be in attendance. There will be speeches given, a donor board unveiling, and a ribbon cutting, as well as cake and coffee being served at the ceremony.

Laura Lockhart, president of the Sooke Soccer Club, said the club was losing players because they would always have to cancel games due to wet conditions, but with the all-weather artificial turf they won’t have to.

She hopes the new field will attract more players to play for Sooke.

“We are so excited to have it up and going,” said Lockhart. “It’s going to be a game changer for Sooke soccer for sure.”

The $1.6-million project took approximately eight months to build, and was created entirely by the generosity of local volunteers and businesses in the community.

There were multiple fundraisers held, donations made by individuals and businesses, and a lot of time and effort put in by local volunteers and workers to make the field possible.

“It will be a really nice day to be proud of what we accomplished as a community,” said Lockhart.