The Vic High Alumni Association is spearheading a plan to establish a new multisport facility on the grounds of Victoria High School. It would be located west of the school, where the track, soccer field and concrete stadium are now. The old Memorial Stadium, now showing its age, was the first high-school stadium in British Columbia, built with funds raised primarily by the students themselves.
The project will have four stages, at a total cost of $6 million:
1) Lights and all-weather playing field (replacing present grass field)
2) Eight-lane 400-meter track (replacing the 400-yard track, now derelict)
4) Stadium upgrade including low-maintenance aluminum seating.
The project has received support in principle from the following organizations:
Greater Victoria School District, Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group, Fernwood Community Association, Belfry Theatre, local businesses, and Parent Advisory Councils of all Vic High feeder schools.
In addition, in 2014 Victoria City Council passed a motion to match up to $250,000 in funds raised by the Alumni Association for phase 1 of the project. Working with a number of partners (notably the sports organization Bays United), in 2017 the Association reached its Phase 1 goal of raising $250,000. Now we are seeking further support from senior levels of government.
HISTORY OF VIC HIGH’S MEMORIAL STADIUM
Seventy years ago, Lawrie Wallace had a dream of creating the province’s first high-school stadium and track. Click here to read the Times Colonist Islander story (15 March 2015), written by Vic High alumni Barrie Moen (VHS 1969) and King Lee (VHS 1958), with vintage photos from the Vic High Archives.
REPORT ON COMMUNITY CONSULTATION AND ONLINE SURVEY
This report reviews the results of three community consultation meetings held in the fall of 2014, and an online survey that was part of the process. The consultation was conducted to inform the Fernwood community about the outlines of the Stadium Revitalization Project, and to seek feedback and suggestions from the community. Click here to read the full report, compiled for the Alumni Association by Ian McKinnon (VHS 1966).
OUR STADIUM IN THE LEGISLATURE
On Monday April 13, 2015, Vic High’s MLA Carole James rose in the Legislature to inform the members about the Stadium Revitalization Project being spearheaded by the Vic High Alumni Association. To read her comments as reported in Hansard, click here.
FUNDRAISER FOR STADIUM PROJECT
Renowned UVic prof and inspirational speaker Dr. Martin Collis gave a lively presentation at Vic High on April 9, 2015, with all proceeds going to the Stadium Revitalization Project. For details, click here to read Cleve Dheensaw’s preview article in the Times Colonist (7 April 2015).