Rutledge Park upgrades made possible by ICIP funding

April 26, 2022

News release

For immediate release  

Rutledge Park upgrades made possible by ICIP funding

Saanich, BC – The District of Saanich’s Rutledge Park will receive playground improvements, a new splash pad and washroom/changeroom facilities thanks to joint federal, provincial and municipal funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).

Saanich will replace existing playground equipment with a modern design incorporating nature play and natural elements. The new seasonal splash pad will have inclusive elements for children and youth of all abilities. A new washroom/changeroom building with private universal and accessible spaces will be open year-round. Additionally, new paved pathways, park furniture (benches, chairs and picnic tables), and a drinking fountain/water bottle filling station will be added to Rutledge Park.

The original concept plan for Rutledge Park in 1998 included a splash pad for children but it was deferred due to budget shortfalls. In 2015, the Quadra Cedar Hill Community Association requested Saanich Parks investigate the possibility of providing a splash pad at Rutledge Park. During public engagement, there was strong support in the community for this project. Once preliminary designs are created for the splash pad, washrooms and playground upgrades, Saanich Parks will re-engage the community to determine the best option for the park in this growing neighbourhood.

A combined $329,508 of municipal funding, $535,342 from the province, and $370,650 from the federal government will make the long-awaited project a reality. The planning and design phase will take place this year, with construction slated for early 2023 with an expected opening in fall 2023.


“These park improvements have long been supported and much desired by our community, and I’m delighted to see the project come to fruition with partnership funding. The upgrades and new components will rejuvenate this well-used asset in Saanich’s core and offer accessible recreation opportunities for children and youth.”

– Mayor Fred Haynes, District of Saanich

“This project is a win-win for the local community and its residents. Investments in infrastructure build vibrant communities and I’m excited to see this major upgrade become a reality.”

–The Honourable Rob Fleming, MLA for Victoria Swan-Lake and Minister of Transportation

“Rutledge is well-loved park and the long-awaited splash pad will be just one more reason for all of us to want to spend time there! We've been working with Saanich Parks staff to move it forward since 2014 and appreciate their persistence and support throughout."

--Susan Haddon, President Quadra Cedar Hill Community Association.

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Media contact:
Mike Goldsworthy
Park Planner Designer