By Gerry Beltgens
The Service Clubs of Ladysmith have teamed up with Mid-Isle Soccer Club to begin a long term plan to finish the Forrest Field Sports Park.
The first project is to hold an Oktoberfest fundraiser for an approximately 1 kilometre running and exercise trail around the perimeter of the property. Costs will be in the realm of $30,000.00 to $50,000.00 depending on the amount of work that volunteers can do and how much equipment time will be donated.
The Ladysmith Service Clubs have banded together raise funds, equipment and volunteers to get the trail built. This Fitness Trail will define the boundaries of the land available for park development as well as provide a new free fitness area for residents and visitors.
This project began in 2017 when the Mid-Isle Soccer Club approached the Rotary Club of Ladysmith with a plan to develop a new practice pitch and upgrades to the existing facilities. Upon reviewing the club’s plans and the existing town approved plans for Lot 108 the Rotary Club began meetings with the town and invited Stz’uminus First Nation, Lions, Kinsmen and Eagles to participate as the potential improvements were beyond the scope of one organization.
Having worked with the Kinsmen on the Transfer Beach Children’s’ Park the Rotary Club recognized that this was an opportunity to bring together more of the people who provide the backbone of so many Ladysmith improvements. Never before have the Service Clubs of Ladysmith, Town of Ladysmith and Stz’uminus First Nation sat around a table and planned a project together.
The Lion’s Club suggested holding an Oktoberfest Fundraiser on October 20 as a way to create community awareness and involved in the project.
The event will be at the Aggie Hall on the corner of 1st Ave and Symonds St. Time is 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Music by Fred Izon and Family. Riot Brewing is providing the beer for the Beer Garden. Admission ticket of $25.00 per person includes one beverage, sauerkraut, bratwurst and chips as well as a chance at a prize for best Bavarian costume. Rides Home will be available by donation. Attendees must be of legal drinking age.
This is going to be a party and only 350 tickets are available so get yours soon. They are available at the Ladysmith 49th Grocery or through Lions, Kinsmen, Rotary, Eagles and Mid-Isle Soccer.