Public invited to check out velodrome turf in Colwood on Thursday

New practice field expected to be ready for use sometime next month

When it comes to providing recreational opportunities, West Shore Parks and Recreation doesn’t stand still.

Members of the public can get a sense of how busy this organization is at this week’s board of directors meeting, which gets underway with a tour of the new velodrome turf at 6:45 p.m. Thursday (April 9).

“We’re expecting the velodrome practice field to be up and going in May,” said parks and rec board chair and Colwood Coun. Rob Martin.

The project was delayed when a problem was encountered with the original turf, but workers had  nearly finished installing the second batch of material to start this week.

Besides the turf, which will eventually be used as a practice field by new tenant Velox Rugby Club and youth sports organizations, new lines are being created on the velodrome surface for the track cyclists. “We’re really excited about it,” Martin said of the refurbishing of the facility.

The regular portion of the meeting happens at 7 p.m. in the fieldhouse next to the soccer fields and golf course. Among the other items on the agenda are updates on programming fees and charges for 2015-16, and the society’s five-year strategic plan.

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