A Cranbrook group believes a new $1.7 million indoor sports facility would benefit all types of athletes in the community.
The Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association has began raising funds for an air-supported dome that would provide year-round access to field-based sports.
Mike Robinson with the fundraising committee says it would provide a home for more than just youth soccer and baseball.
“We’d like to see some other programs in the daytime [like] seniors programs, having the whole field as a walking track.” says Robinson. “The school programs [also] we’d like to see come into it as well, users are pretty numerous.”
Robinson says there is nothing that comes close to a facility like this in the East Kootenay.
“Right now we’re all inside gymnasiums so complications with that is availability.” says Robinson. “You’re competing with court-based sports as well so basketball, volleyball groups are already in there to a large extent so time is limited.”
They began collecting funds last week with a goal of $500,000 by early 2018 and say they’ve reached 10% of their goal.
Robinson says they hope construction starts by summer 2018 with the facility ready for use by next winter.
A location for the dome is still up in the air.
– Mike Robinson, fundraising committee