City Centre Park - Your Tax Dollars
Last Updated Date: March 12, 2012
City Centre Park is the City of Langford's boldest civic venture to date. With efficient speed and creative design, Langford raised a premier entertainment and recreation complex from a dusty back lot.
The Park consists of the Eagle Ridge Community Centre with its dry floor arena and Family Fun Park which has the kid-orientated PlayZone, Mini Golf course, and Splash Park. Farther down is Bear Mountain Stadium, a FIFA-sized artificial turf field bleachers and luxury box seating. The sports entertainment of the Stadium is doubled by a second artificial turf field immediately adjacent. In between Eagle Ridge and the Stadium is the Sportsplex: 20 lanes of 10-pin bowling, Langford's own NHL-size ice rink with 400 seats, a new restaurant and party rooms - all on one site.
The Sportsplex is the latest phase of this impressive project. To finance this endeavour, the Federal and Provincial Governments each contributed one-third of the total $14.1 million cost of the Sportsplex. This was the largest government grant the City of Langford has received in its young life as an incorporated municipality. The majority of the final third of funding was borrowed by the City of Langford. The remainder was topped off by monies from the City's reserve coffers.
An added bonus is that the City of Langford's monetary contribution to the Sportsplex will be replenished by partnering with the new managers of the facility, XCalibur Bowling and Entertainment. Through a revenue sharing agreement, the City of Langford's loan costs will be covered and no capital costs will be paid by Langford taxpayers.
Beyond providing fun and safe venues for visitors and residents alike, City Centre Park has generated full-time construction jobs and numerous full- and part-time hospitality jobs.
The City of Langford believes that the completed City Centre Park - as its first phases have already proven - will provide increased tourism and employment and entertain residents for generations to come.
Tax Dollars in Action
Budget: $14.1 million
Construction Length: 8-9 months