Seniors’ centre looks to build new horseshoe pitch

Centre seeks permission from Town: Site inspection for horseshoe pitch first

Cowichan Lake Seniors Association has aspirations to build a horseshoe pitch at the seniors’ centre in town.

Carolyne Austin from the association was at town hall for April’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee meeting asking for permission from council to build the new pitch.

“It’s important for the seniors to keep busy,” said Austin. “People thought they might like to be outside in the summer and there appears to be enough room. Where the pin is, we would put a cover of wood so we can lock it when we’re not there and so nobody falls and hurts themselves. People could get hurt otherwise as it is metal.”

At the meeting, council passed a motion unanimously for an inspection of the site in question, to be conducted by town staff, before the go-ahead can be granted.

“Our policy is that we don’t make decisions at the time of presentation,” Coun. Bob Day told Austin. “It sounds like something public works would like to look at and we will get them involved in some way, shape or form.”

Coun. Tim McGonigle stated of the importance of an inspection prior to the motion being passed to determine whether there is indeed enough room for the new pitch.

The pitch would be 48 inches in length from one pitching area to another.

“There’s no huge rush for the inspection. End of May beginning of June would work well,” Austin told council as well as writing a letter.

“Several of our members don’t play cards, pool or carpet bowl but have shown an interest in a horseshoe pitch. Over the last few months we have encouraged more card games, carpet bowling, darts, pool and plan to refurbish our shuffle board. Adding a horseshoe pitch to the facility will enable more members to become involved and enjoy socializing and exercising at the same time.

“The Cowichan Lake Seniors’ Association in conjunction with the Cowichan Lake Golden Agers Society will pay for the project and will be responsible for maintaining the pitch and keeping it safe for the public.”