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Sooke’s SEAPARC Arena and Pool Expansion/Renovation

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We’re lucky in Sooke to have such a nice facility for recreation as the SEAPARC (Sooke and Electoral Area Parks And Recreation Commission) arena and pool. The facility, located on Philips road just off Sooke Road is modern, clean, and a great value.

Since moving to Sooke almost 4 years ago, I’ve enjoyed the pool and arena, but must admit I’d use the facility more if it had a fitness facility. Currently there is a small aerobics room for drop-in and regular classes, but no weight room or cardio studio.

In 2008, the subject of expansion of the facility to include a weight room and aerobics facility came up, and after some public consultation some conceptual drawings (1,2,3,4) were done up and the plan was put forward. This week, I received a survey in the mail outlining some of the details of the project as well as the potential costs involved. It’s planned that two-thirds of the estimated $2.7 million cost of the expansion will be funded through various grants and federal and provincial money as well as other funding sources. That leaves about $1 million to come out of SEAPARC’s budget, which of course is funded by you and me, the taxpayer.

If the project goes ahead, there would be a corresponding increase in property taxes in the District of Sooke and the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, which pay for SEAPARC. What does borrowing $1 million look like on your taxes? About $20 per year for an average home in Sooke and about $14 for an average home in JDF. Not much, really for such an important and exciting project.

The expansion would add a second storey viewing area and expand the existing arena dressing room and aerobics, in addition to the weight room and other fitness facilities.

By adding these new options at the SEAPARC recreation complex, we would also be adding the user base of the facility. There is only one similar gym in Sooke – Odyssey Fitness – and a second option would be great for our town. Plus, I’d love the ability to go for a hard workout and then take a dip in the pool or hot tub! If the user base increases then perhaps the increase in revenue could offset the tax increase someday.

Watch for the survey in the mail, or click here to download it, and then drop it off either at SEAPARC reception, Bill’s Store in East Sooke, Kemp Lake Store in Otter Point, or the Port Renfrew Community Centre. Or, simply scan and e-mail it to seaparc@crd.bc.ca.

It’s your town, your facility and your money – let SEAPARC know what you think!

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Gym in Sooke – The Fresh Fitness Company

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Perhaps a little late for a New Year’s resolution, but it’s never too late to begin to change your lifestyle to achieve greater health and fitness.

Have you joined other fitness facilities with good intentions to keep up a regular workout, and then fallen off the wagon into a rut? Do you dread going to the gym, running on a treadmill and doing the same, boring routines every time you go? You’re not alone, and that’s why you should check out The Fresh Fitness Company, a gym in Sooke owned and operated by Kristen Lindal.

Fresh Fitness is different. There are no weight machines. There are very few free weights, even. No treadmills, no stair climbers, and no elliptical trainers. Fresh Fitness in Sooke is a class-based fitness facility, with qualified instructors leading groups in various forms of exercise, motivating and coaching along the way. Instead of paying your monthly fees and then off you go on your own, Kristen’s company takes a fresh approach in leading you to your fitness goals.

My fiancee joined Fresh Fitness over a year ago, and she still goes, five days a week. She’s the first one to admit that she’s failed to keep up the routine in the past with other gyms. The difference? Variety. Kristen and her professional instructors host many different types of fitness classes that appeal to a broad variety of people. Monday might be a spinning class, Tuesday might be a cardio dance class. On Wednesday, muscle tone is the focus in a body shaping class. The end result are that members of Fresh Fitness want to go back to do more classes, resulting in a full-body workout over the course of a week.

The Fresh Fitness Company also offers training and support for runners; Marg and I were a part of their Victoria 1/2 Marathon running group last year. They also train for the TC10K and the Run for the Cure.

Is The Fresh Fitness Company a ladies-only facility? No, they have quite a few men as members, and I have done classes there on a drop-in basis too.

From its humble beginnings in owner Kristen Lindal’s Whiffen Spit home, Fresh Fitness has a permanent home in Sooke’s Evergreen Centre (beside the BC Liquor Store). You can reach Fresh Fitness at 250-642-2377.

Here are a couple of videos of their classes (Click through if you’re reading this through a feed reader or e-mail):

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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