Improving Topaz Park
In 2018, the City adopted the Topaz Park Improvement Plan to guide improvements in Topaz Park over the next 10 years. In 2021-2022, the City of Victoria is investing nearly $8 million to construct a skateboard park and bike park and replace the artificial turf sports field at Topaz Park as part of the long-term renewal plan for the park.
Skate and Bike Park Project
A world-leading team has been selected to design and build the new skateboard/all-wheels and bike skills parks at Topaz. The Vancouver-based team of New Line Skateparks, van der Zalm + associates and Alpine Bike Parks was selected for the $3 million project through a public competition.
The core team is comprised of landscape architects, engineers, and construction professionals who are also high-level skateboarders and BMX/mountain biking enthusiasts. The group also includes community outreach and youth programming specialists to ensure the new skate and bike parks are accessible and meet a wide range of needs.
Public engagement will include key review and feedback sessions with stakeholders in the skateboarding and biking communities, and a virtual open house that will allow members of the broader community to review and comment on the proposed design plans.
Design work begins in March 2021. Construction is expected to be complete in summer 2022.
The new skate park will be approximately 3000 square meters in size, similar to the Victoria West Youth Park. The final design is intended to create a space that is inviting and suitable for all skill levels and styles.
Approximately 6,000 square meters in size, the new bike park will provide a fun and challenging riding experience for all skill levels and will serve as an all-ages social hub for the cycling community. Existing trees in the area will be integrated into the design of the facility.
Artificial Turf Field Replacement Project
This year, we are working with consultants and community stakeholders to design and construct the expanded artificial turf sport field. The new facility will include a full-size soccer pitch, youth-sized multi-purpose field, softball field, sport lighting, and other amenities such as dugouts, player shelters, a backstop and spectator seating. The softball field will replace one that will be displaced by the construction of the new skate park.
Construction is scheduled to begin by the end of 2021 and be complete by summer 2022.
Topaz Park Improvement Project Background
In 2017-2018, the City worked with the community to create an improvement plan for Topaz. This long-term plan will guide improvements to Topaz Park over the next 10 years, including renovating existing park infrastructure, adding new types of amenities, and updating the park to support broad community use. The Topaz Park Improvement Plan was approved by Council in June 2018.
Key features of the plan include:
- Improved sports fields and recreational facilities
- A greater diversity of park activities, including a new skateboard park, bike skills park, pickleball courts, and tennis courts
- A more cohesive, accessible, and family-friendly park layout
- Engagement summary
- Parking Impact Assessment
- Artificial Turf Feasibility Study
- Accessibility Baseline Report
Updates to the Topaz Park Improvement Plan
The Topaz Park Improvement Plan is a long-range plan that will be implemented in multiple phases. Updates to the features or amenities shown in the plan may be required overtime as new information becomes available or City priorities change. To date, these updates include:
Update: June 2019
Council directed staff to update the Topaz Park Improvement Plan to focus on designing a replacement of the current artificial turf field, while also increasing support for a planned new artificial turf field at Victoria High School in partnership with School District 61.
Council clarified that although a second artificial turf field was not being prioritized in the immediate future, direction was given to ensure that sufficient space was provided in the northwest corner of the park to accommodate a potential second field in the future.
The new approach will reduce the City’s capital funding requirement, prioritize the completion of two field projects in two neighbourhoods, and allow flexibility to expand capacity in the future at Topaz Park.
About Topaz Park
Located in the Hillside-Quadra neighbourhood, Topaz Park is the City’s third largest park and the main recreational park in Victoria. It is home to the City’s only artificial sport field, and includes other amenities such as sports fields, a lacrosse box, leash-optional dog area, fitness equipment and a playground. It is also a popular outdoor special events venue, hosting a range of festivals, sports tournaments, and outdoor events each year.
- Four sports field – including one artificial turf field
- Sport box
- Dog leash-optional areas
- Natural areas
- Fitness equipment
To book a sports field, or find out a field’s current condition, click here.
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