Outdoor sports win in poll to define future of Campbell Field – Nelson Star
Outside Elements won in the poll to see what people prefer for the reimagining of Campbell Field at South Slocan.
More than half of people (57%) who responded to an online survey said that a multi-activity development that uses outdoor amenities – with a bit of a break from the weather – was better suited to the community than a development inside. .
This second option (of two) included: a full-size football pitch; athletics amenities; field house; basketball and tennis courts; wading pool; skate park; bicycle pump track; and parking space.
The online voting process for the community began late last fall when the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) compiled two “high-level options” for the land, located midway between Nelson and Castlegar at the highway junction.
Despite the survey result, the project is still far from ready to go, with conversations to come with Mount Sentinel School students and staff, said Walter Popoff, Zone H principal.
“But I believe that what is presented in this concept will support the recreation goals of the community, for now and for generations to come,” he said in a press release on Friday.
The second option’s outdoor fire pit contains a building with a large activity area the size of a high school gymnasium and a large covered outdoor area for sports and performance.
There are fewer parking requirements with the second option and more space for outdoor sports and activities.
Now that one of the options has been chosen, a cost estimate will be developed for the concept, including capital costs – the cost to build the facility – and operating costs of how much money it will take to operate the installation.
In addition, a site plan will be developed showing the outdoor amenities and the location of the recreational facility.
Six years ago, Campbell Field, located next to Mount Sentinel High School, was donated to the Regional District by the South Slocan Sports Association.
The association had owned the field since the 1930s when it was acquired from West Kootenay Power. Thanks to an agreement on the title deed, it has always been used for sports and cultural activities.
Popoff saw the land’s potential as a place for recreational development, as it was a central location for many people in the RDCK.
“The ability to meet the recreational needs of area residents is a great opportunity that we need to explore. It is a great gift that we have received,” he said.
Two years ago, RDCK Recreation solicited community input through several surveys to compile a list of community priorities and preferences for indoor and outdoor recreation, resulting in 1,200 responses. .