As I was driving home from Victoria this afternoon I passed by Ed MacGregor Park as I usually do, and noticed another large BC Government “we done spent some money here, looky!” sign. I thought at first it was the sign announcing their funding of the waterfront boardwalk from earlier this year, but as I whizzed by I saw in large letters “Spirit Square.”
I was intrigued – what’s a spirit square? Sure enough, my trusty BC Government News RSS Feed had already been updated when I sat down at my computer (gotta love that!)
The Spirit Squares Program is a $20-million effort by the government to improve or create outdoor meeting spaces and public celebreation areas and to encourage tourism and walkable neighbourhoods and communities.
Specifically, the Sooke Spirit Square will be at Ed MacGregor Park, with a covered performance area, directional and interpretive signage, and public art. Plans for the enhanced event space include a water feature using onsite rainwater management techniques. The Provincial Government is putting up $237,500 for the project.
By locating the square at Ed MacGregor Park, the district of Sooke gains a further enhancement to this centrally-located, accessible, and beautiful park. Being located at one end of the waterfront boardwalk and trail system, It’s hoped that residents and visitors will choose to walk 10 minutes along the magnificent Sooke Harbour to and from town to enjoy events that will now be able to be held with the Spirit Square enhancements.
Click the following link for more information on the Spirit Squares Program.
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