Indoor sports facility location debate ongoing

KEYSA declines Moir Park offer, says it isn’t a financially viable location

A soccer organization hoping to operate an indoor sports facility has declined to sign a letter of intent with the City of Cranbrook offering a location in Moir Park due to concerns of financial uncertainty.

The Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association (KEYSA) says it cannot enter into a license of occupation for a location at Moir Park because amy financial losses would be on the shoulders of KEYSA board volunteers.

KEYSA estimates that a Moir Park location would mean a $40,000 annual loss to their projected budgeting for operation costs and expected revenues.

“As a non-profit organization, we cannot afford to lose $40,000 annually and expect to be able to provide this facility for the community while also maintaining our objectives of providing sporting opportunity to hundreds of children in our area,” reads a press release issued by KEYSA on Wednesday.

KEYSA Press Release 20181010 by Trevor Crawley on Scribd

KEYSA stresses that as a non-profit society, it is tasked with running a break-even budget and that if operations fail, the society will have to fold.

The organization said it conducted additional research into the proposed Moir Park location around accessability, snow removal, recreation and financial planning, public input and existing land use.

The facility is a proposed 2,600 square metres space of indoor heated floors on artificial turf that can cater to a number of different sports besides soccer, such as baseball, lacrosse and football.

Led by Mike Robinson, roughly $1.3 million has been raised for the indoor sports facility that has come from local organizations, individual businesses and government grants.

Finding a location is the last hurdle to getting project construction underway.

KEYSA says its financial information was brought to council during a in-camera meeting in May, however, the data was not accepted before an intial vote to offer the location at Moir Park.

The city hosted a open house in June that limited options to Moir Park and Balment Park, with 90 per cent of feedback favouring the latter, according to KEYSA’s statement.

Following council’s decision to offer a License of Occupation at Moir Park, KEYSA says it tried to appear as a delegation before council in June and July, but both requests were declined.

KEYSA says it attempted to appear before council on Oct. 1 to present the additional research collected over the summer, but was denied again.

“At this time, KEYSA is requesting for City Council to identify a process to establish serious and meaningful dialogue on the location of this project that includes adequate public input, sustainable planning, and is respectful of all citizens.”

A Facebook page has been set up by KEYSA to promote respectful discussion on the indoor sports facility.

Just Posted

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over pollution from Elk Valley mines

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines

Otters devour 150 trout at Kootenay hatchery

The hatchery has lost close to 150, 15lb fish in the past several months.

Photos: 2019 Sam Steel Days sports

Another eventful Sam Steele Days has come and gone, but the photos… Continue reading

BC Summer Reading Club 2019: Imagine the Possibilities

Cranbrook Public Library invites kids and teens of all ages to join the 2019 BC Summer Reading Club.

Images of the Sam Steele Parade 2019

Massive crowds of citizenry coalesced all along the downtown route of the… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Elusive ‘ghost whale’ surfaces near Campbell River

Ecotourism operator captures images of the rare white orca

News and Notes from the Cranbrook Public Library

Mike Selby Barry Strauss looks at the four centuries of the Roman… Continue reading

Victoria mom describes finding son ‘gone’ on first day of coroners inquest into overdose death

Resulting recommendations could change handling of youth records amidst the overdose crisis

Dash-cam video in trial of accused cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak in Surrey

He’s keynote speaker at Surrey Environment and Business Awards luncheon by Surrey Board of Trade Sept. 17

B.C. church’s Pride flag defaced for second time in 12 days

Delta’s Ladner United Church says it will continue to fly the flag for Pride month

Update: Two shot, two arrested at Toronto Raptors victory rally

The team and several dignitaries, including Justin Trudeau, remained on stage

Most Read