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What’s Building In Sooke? Projects Update [Photos]

A while back, I wrote about the BC Spirit Square that was announced for Ed Macgregor Park in Sooke. The oft-vandalized BC Government sign visible from the roadway had been sitting there for months with not a lot of action behind it in the park. Well, as I was passing by the other day I got a glimpse of the outdoor performance space that was promised as part of the Spirit Square:

The outdoor stage in the new Spirit Square

In addition to the stage, washrooms, lighting and drainage/erosion control are being installed. Ed Macgregor park is getting better and better – imagine the Sooke Philharmonic Fling concert being played on a nice new stage, and being able to walk from downtown along the waterfront boardwalk to enjoy it!

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Every day I drive past the site of the new Prestige Hotel being built along the waterfront in Sooke. As I’ve written before, this is an amazing development and will be a welcome asset to our town, for visitors and locals alike. Work has been progressing steadily since October on the project and it appears that the foundation is nearing completion:

The Foundation of the Prestige Hotel in Sooke near completion

I hope to take some more photos as construction on this project continues.

Sooke is definitely moving up in the world – with its stunning natural beauty, relatively affordable housing, and small-town charm, it’s no surprise.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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BC Government Funds Sooke Spirit Square at Ed MacGregor Park

Ed MacGregor Park. Photo Credit: wjis on Flickr

Ed MacGregor Park. Photo Credit: wjis on Flickr

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.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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