EDITORIAL: what about a Peace Region field house?

Should there be a Field House in the Peace? What about a feasibility study for one?

While some municipal bodies are making tough cuts to their members - Pouce Coupe hosted a meeting that was looking to grow the D.

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PPRD director Leonard Hiebert held an area D meeting that saw some robust discussion about a potential Field House in the Peace.

Area D alternate Mark Rogers thinks so - and he spoke about it recently at the PRRD as well.

“There are more than 60,000 residents in the area - let’s find out who would use it, what it would look like, etc., though a feasibility study.”

Rogers points to many facilities in both the north and south Peace and being unable to host provincials because they are not up to either provincial or international competitions and standards.

“This could be something with all these things under one roof. But without a feasibility study, we need to know if there is a need. Let’s ask northeast British Columbia,” he says.

“Anytime we win at zones, we are always traveling - we don’t have the facilities to host provincials.”

He said the PRRD had $125,000 for such a study, but anything by way of a report has only been accepted by the PRRD as information.

“They will do nothing with it,” he said, citing PRRD parents who billet their children out of the area because of better sports options located in Prince George.

Pouce Coupe mayor Lorraine Michetti said the idea was worth looking into if only to stop homegrown talent leaving as youth, never to return.

Rogers notes the pool in the Borek can’t host provincials because of the lack of compliance to competition standards, same with the speed skating loop in Fort St. John.

“I’ve taken rugby team to PG for a practice, then a game, and home. It is worth it for the experience of playing in a different venue. Why don’t we try to host track and field instead of travelling every single time?”

We hear the Youth Advisory Council would like to see a drop in center which a Field House could provide, while a Field House could also be a  dry land training facility for hockey and other winter sports.

Rogers says the idea is pretty straightforward.

“It takes the whole concept of sports and social and mixes it together.” 

PRRD director Hiebert agreed with the potential of the larger venue.

“It can open a whole wide world of opportunity for youth competing in it, and the community,” he said.


Until next time, managing editor Rob Brown

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