Recently, Saanich and BC Hydro agreed to a licence of occupation at the George Tripp Substation on Lochside Drive near Cedar Hill X Road. The site is in close proximity to Reynolds Secondary School, Lakehill Elementary School, Saanich Parks and Public Works Yard, Lochside Regional Trail and Ambassador Park as well as the Quadra/McKenzie neighbourhood centre.
The land is owned by BC Hydro and houses the George Tripp Hydro Substation which was originally built in the 1950s to service approximately 26,000 customers. Over the last few years the station has received $47 million in upgrades to meet current and future demands. Presently, one acre of the property at the north end is unused for hydro purposes and BC Hydro has agreed to allow the District of Saanich to use the site for the purposes of building a youth park. The license is renewable on a five year basis.
We are currently in the information gathering stage of the project and will be bringing some conceptual options to a public event early in 2020. First up is a letter to the local community letting them know about this project! We welcome your input.
Moving the Youth Park forward we want to hear from you – youth in our community! Take some time to tell us about what a youth park means to you. Once we have an idea of what types of activities and elements you would like to see at the park we can start developing a few options that would work for the site. Don’t forget to tell your friends to do the survey too!
What is the goal?
The primary focus of the youth park is to provide a bike skills facility such as a pump track and might also include a bouldering wall, parkour course, low ropes/slack lines and arts as the space and funding allows. A workshop with local youth will help shape some ideas for the park.
The Saanich Youth Development Strategy and Implementation Plan 2016-2020 approved by Council in December 2015 calls for the completion of a youth park in Saanich by 2019. The park is intended to promote adventure, assist in youth health and development, and to increase physical activity levels.
Once constructed, the youth park will be managed and maintained as a park by District of Saanich staff.