This fund was established by the West Vancouver Schools to accept donations to the West Vancouver Place for Sport Capital Campaign. The West Vancouver Place for Sport is a partnership between West Vancouver Schools and the District of West Vancouver. Now almost seventy years old, West Vancouver’s only running track has a proud history as the place where children could run, seniors could walk safely, and athletes could train and compete at the highest levels. Located on the campus of West Vancouver’s largest public school, this facility, which also incorporates a deteriorating grass field, is in urgent need of replacement.
The demand for a safe, all-weather multi-sport and leisure facility for all ages has never been higher and continues to grow with our aging population and arrival of new neighbours. Demand has far outgrown field availability. There is no other public track facility in West Vancouver. Artificial turf fields can be utilized in poor weather conditions and are essentially a recreation centre without walls. The space allocation of a single turf field can replace five grass fields.
West Vancouver Place for Sport will be a wonderful community amenity promoting healthy active lifestyles for all ages. It will be a place for building community engagement and athletic excellence. It will welcome newcomers and celebrate cultural diversity, connect elderly citizens who struggle with loneliness and isolation, support vulnerable and marginalized youth, fully include our indigenous citizens, and remove barriers preventing members of our disabled community from full participation. The West Vancouver Place for Sport is the project that will deliver all of this and benefit the community and citizens of West Vancouver for many years to come.
West Vancouver Council has voted unanimously to expand the scope of the plan for West Vancouver Place for Sport to include a six- or eight-lane track, a lit artificial turf field, new washrooms and change facilities, and new public viewing areas.
On February 23, 2021, it was announced that the new track will be the named the Harry Jerome Oval. Harry Jerome was a talented North Shore athlete who was one of the top sprinters of the day, winning a bronze in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
On November 21, 2023 a groundbreaking ceremony was held in anticipation of the start of construction, scheduled to begin this month and be complete by winter 2025. See the announcement here>>
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- This fund’s granting purpose is subject to change.
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NORTH SHORE NEWS
January 19, 2022: The District of West Vancouver today announced they’d reached their fundraising goal – thanks in large part to a sizable donation from a local family – and will begin construction this year on the facility known as the West Vancouver Place For Sport.