Indoor field facility

This week Lakes District News wrote about an idea being discussed by Burns Lake Soccer Club members to turn the Tom Forsyth Memorial Arena into an indoor artificial turf field and running track.

What club members are saying is that while the soccer club continues to grow, Burns Lake’s short soccer season puts local players at a disadvantage. While many teams across B.C. start practicing in August, holding their final games in early July, our local soccer club only starts practicing in May.

Burns Lake Soccer Club board member Donna Franz told Lakes District News last week that local players can’t compete at that level.

“Our club is reaching the point where it needs to move on to the next level of participation,” she said.

The Burns Lake Soccer Club initially discussed the idea of building an indoor soccer facility separate from the Tom Forsyth Memorial Arena. But given that this would likely be a monumental task for such a small club, club members realized that it would be easier to propose changes to the existing ice arena.

Their argument is that this change would increase arena usage, since different groups such as seniors and rugby teams could use it, while eliminating the costs associated with ice maintenance. But of course, I imagine that an indoor field facility would have other costs such as heating.

Although I would personally love the idea of an indoor running track (because there are approximately three months of the year that I can’t go running outside), and I agree that an indoor field facility would likely attract more users, I wish there was a solution that did not eliminate hockey from Burns Lake.

Although council members have pointed out that hockey participation has been dwindling in the recreation department’s organizational review, there are still many people in town who love hockey and look forward to the hockey season all year long. Hockey has been huge in Burns Lake for decades, and we are in Canada after all.

That being said, as council members also pointed out in the rec. review, new trends such as increased participation in soccer should be supported, and we should pay attention to the growing needs of the soccer club.

I also think this discussion is coming at the right time. The Village of Burns Lake is currently in the process of developing a recreation master plan, which will set the priorities for Burns Lake with regard to recreation options – how much the village will invest in recreation, and what recreation options will be supported.

It will be interesting to see how this discussion unfolds over the next few months.

Will we continue to be a hockey town? Will we change into something entirely different? Or will we find a way to keep improving all of our recreation options?



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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

Just Posted

This photo of approximately 10 years ago shows Laureen Fabian, on the left, and daughter Caterina Andrews. Fabian went missing last October and her daughter is looking for answers. (Contributed photo)
Laureen Fabian’s disappearance remains a mystery

It’s been a year since she went missing

Adam Schmidt is currently at the BC Children’s Hospital. (GoFundMe/Laurel Miller)
Community comes together for a 15 year old Burns Laker admitted at BC Children’s hospital

A fundraising campaign to support the family is being run now

Last year’s Halloween saw a sunny day and in-person costume contests. (Blair McBride photo)
What’s Burns Lakes’ spooktacular plan for this Halloween?

Trick or treating, online contests and more for this season

WKE students pose with carpentry tools in front of the ADST trailer that will allow the school to have a fully operational mobile wood shop. (Karen Ware photo/Lakes District News)
William Konkin Elementary school undertakes project to teach intentional kindness

Students to learn to build crates, grow produce and share it with community

Daylight savings time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1 2020. (File Photo)
Clocks ‘fall back’ one hour Saturday night

Remember to set your clock back one hour on Saturday night, as… Continue reading

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count jumps by 287, another senior home outbreak

Two more deaths recorded, community outbreak in Okanagan

An untitled Emily Carr painting of Finlayson Point was donated to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria by brothers Ian and Andrew Burchett. The painting had been in their family for several decades. (Courtesy of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria)
Never before seen painting by famed B.C. artist Emily Carr gifted to Victoria gallery

Painting among several donated to Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

The B.C. Centre for Disease control is telling people to keep an eye out for the poisonous death cap mushroom, which thrives in fall weather conditions. (Paul Kroeger/BCCDC)
Highly poisonous death cap mushroom discovered in Comox

This marks first discovery on Vancouver Island outside Greater Victoria area

100 Mile Conservation officer Joel Kline gingerly holds an injured but very much alive bald eagle after extracting him from a motorist’s minivan. (Photo submitted)
Rescued bald eagle that came to life in B.C. man’s car had lead poisoning

Bird is on medication and recovering in rehab centre

Janet Austin, lieutenant governor of B.C., was presented with the first poppy of the Royal Canadian Legion’s 2020 Poppy Campaign on Wednesday. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
PHOTOS: B.C. Lieutenant Governor receives first poppy to kick off 2020 campaign

Janet Austin ‘honour and a privileged’ to receive the poppy

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Premier-elect John Horgan and cabinet ministers are sworn in for the first time at Government House in Victoria, July 18, 2017. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
Pandemic payments have to wait for B.C. vote count, swearing-in

Small businesses advised to apply even if they don’t qualify

A raccoon paid a visit to a Toronto Tim Hortons on Oct. 22, 2020. (shecallsmedrew/Twitter)
Who are you calling a trash panda? Raccoon takes a shift at Toronto Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons said animal control was called as soon they saw the surprise visitor

The duffel bags were found to contain 84 pounds of cocaine, valued at approximately $1.2 million and 198 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at approximately $960,000. Photo courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
2 men accused of fleeing border agents near U.S.-B.C. border with $2M in drugs

Cocaine and methamphetamine seized by U.S. law enforcement in remote Idaho area near Canadian border

Most Read