Campbell River Rotary makes major contribution to Robron field house

The rotary club has donated $100,000 to the construction of the Robron field house.

Jordie Sorenson

The Rotary Club of Campbell River has donated $100,000 to the field house project at Robron Park. With this donation, the Campbell River Youth Soccer Association has raised just over half of the $550,000 needed to complete the project.

“The field house project falls within Rotary’s Avenue of Community Service,” said Gary McLelan, president, in a press release. “The field house will truly benefit the youth in our community by providing facilities which are integral to all forms of youth sport.”

Because of their significant contribution, the CRYSA asked city council to name the field house the ‘Rotary Community Field House.’ Sid Shook, director of CRYSA and chair of the Robron Field house Committee, presented this recommendation to city council on Monday evening and it was approved.

“We approached Rotary for assistance because of Rotary’s long history of donating to worthwhile community causes,” Shook said in an email. “CRYSA couldn’t be happier or more thankful to Rotary for it’s $100,000 donation…It confirms to us that the people of Campbell River support this project.”

According to Shook, when council agreed to build the turf field at Robron, had fundraised money to contribute, it requested that the CRYSA build a field house instead. The association redirected the money they had saved for the construction of the turf field towards the field house project and took the lead on fundraising.

Though youth soccer is leading the fundraising efforts, Shook is quick to point out that the association already has a field house, across Merecroft road from Robron Park. This new field house will be for the community and everyone from leagues to recreational users, to people passing through the park on a walk, will have access to it.

With the support of Seymour Pacific and Ketza Pacific, the committee has created concept plans for the field house. At the moment, the plans include change rooms, public washrooms, concession, a multi-purpose banquet room, a board room as well as a deck viewing area.

Shook said that the city is committed to paying for the utility infrastructure, the change rooms and the washrooms, however there is more fundraising to be done. Donors will be recognized in a Hall of Fame and different levels or recognition are available. Naming rights to the rooms inside the field house are also available in exchange for sizeable donations.

For more information, or to make a donation contact Shook at 250-923-7828 or via email at sbshook@shaw.ca