Dear BC Field Hockey Community,
The Vancouver Hawks have informed us of some drastic changes that are happening regarding facilities planning through the Vancouver Parks Board, which would affect our field sport, along with many others. Please see below the message from their Executive Director, Alex Bale:
"I am writing today to ask you to help lobby the Vancouver Parks Board. On Monday June 27th there is a special meeting to debate the upcoming 4-year Capital Plan. This plan currently proposes to slash funding for Artificial Turfs and Ball Diamonds from $11.6m to only $3.8m, as well as leaving unspent $9.4m from the previous Capital Plan. You can find more details here.
This will severely impact not only field hockey, but all field sports in Vancouver. Along with soccer, ultimate, baseball and many other field sports, we are asking you, the users of these facilities, to advocate for a fairer distribution of funds to acknowledge the importance of community sport in our society. Without participation from the users this will go through, and we will not have any new fields and current fields will not get maintained and/or resurfaced. This is not just a field hockey issue; it is for all sports field users.
How to help
I have drafted a template letter to send to the Vancouver Parks Board Commissioners. Feel free to use this (please sign and add date and name), use part of it, or write your own.
Please send your letters to the commissioners at email@example.com before the meeting on Monday June 27th.
Additionally you could register to speak at the Parks Board meeting scheduled to approve the capital plan (June 27) https://vancouver.ca/your-government/speak-at-a-meeting.aspx
We encourage all our members to take this democratic action ASAP to help secure field hockey and other sport facilities for our community."
You may download the letter template here.