Lakes District News file photo Burns Lake Soccer Club members believe turning the ice arena into an artificial turf field would increase arena usage while reducing recreation costs.

Turning the Burns Lake ice arena into an artificial turf field

Soccer club is considering proposing this idea to council

The Burns Lake Soccer Club is considering asking council to turn the local ice arena into an artificial turf field and indoor running track.

Donna Franz, a Burns Lake Soccer Club board member, said this discussion gained momentum after council members pointed out in the recreation department’s organizational review that hockey participation has been dwindling while soccer participation has been growing in recent years. Soccer club members believe this change would increase arena usage while saving the municipality money, since ice maintenance would no longer be necessary.

“The club feels that an indoor field and track would receive a much higher usage than the current ice arena, not only through soccer activities but by a wider variety of community members than those currently using the ice,” said Franz.

“Ice arena is a pretty limited activity base,” she continued. “A field would open so many recreation opportunities, we think, and they [village] would get a lot of people at the door.”

“We would like to inquire if this idea would be supported by the community and work with other community groups to gain their support should a proposal appear to have a likelihood of success,” she added.

Franz says that while soccer is currently the highest enrolled activity for youth in the area, its short season puts local players at a disadvantage.

WEB POLL: Do you think the ice arena should be turned into a turf field?

“Right now, we’d like to make a run for the B.C. Cup; technically we can participate in the B.C. Cup, but because it snows in the north we basically can’t compete because other teams started practicing in August,” she explained. “They practice all through the winter, and their final games are in the beginning of July; we start [practicing] in May, so how can we possibly compete at that level?”

“Our club is continuing to grow and we have even started adding adult teams,” added Franz. “Our club is reaching the point where it needs to move on to the next level of participation.”

“We’d also like to include the seniors because there’s a lot of activities that they could do such as lawn bowling.”

“You can use it for pretty much anything,” added Franz. “And with the track around it, we think it could be a win-win situation.”



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Burns Lake Soccer Club

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

Four air ambulance flights out of Terrace delayed or cancelled

Pandemic precautions caused nighttime closure of service station providing weather data to pilots

Skeena Resources, Tahltan prez excited by purchase of Eskay Creek

Skeena gets full control of mine, Barrick gets 12 per cent of Skeena and a one per cent royalty

VIA Rail lays off 1,000 unionized workers across the country

Northern B.C. route Jasper to Prince George to Prince Rupert is not affected by VIA Rail layoffs

Overall house sales drop in the northwest

COVID-19 pandemic slowed market activity

Recent surge in COVID-19 cases not unexpected amid Phase Three of reopening: B.C.’s top doc

Keep circles small, wear masks and be aware of symptoms, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

B.C. NDP changing WorkSafeBC regulations to respond to COVID-19

Employers say reclassifying coronavirus could be ‘ruinous’

Baby raccoon rescued from 10-foot deep drainage pipe on Vancouver Island

‘Its cries were loud, pitiful and heartbreaking,’ Saanich animal control officer says

Statistical flaws led to B.C. wolf cull which didn’t save endangered caribou as estimated

Study finds statistical flaws in an influential 2019 report supporting a wolf cull

Windows broken, racist graffiti left on Okanagan home

Family says nothing like this has happened since they moved to Summerland in 1980s

B.C. man who went by ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’ charged with sex assault of teenage boys

The man, 75, is accused of assaulting teenage boys he met through Coquitlam-area churches

B.C.’s potential deficit $12.5 billion as spending spikes, taxes drop

Finance Minister Carole James gives COVID-19 outlook

Canadians torn on scaling back COVID-19 benefits to save money: poll

Of those surveyed, 78 per cent said they were worried about the size of the deficit

‘Trauma equals addiction’: Why some seek solace in illicit drugs

Part 2: Many pushed into addiction by ‘toxic stress,’ says White Rock psychologist

Most Read