The concept design of a fitness gym expansion, with a separate movement studio and child minding room, at the SEAPARC Leisure Complex. Photo courtesy the Capital Regional District.

The concept design of a fitness gym expansion, with a separate movement studio and child minding room, at the SEAPARC Leisure Complex. Photo courtesy the Capital Regional District.

Construction begins this month for a long-awaited fitness facility for Sooke residents that use the community’s leisure centre.

The Capital Regional District (CRD) said Thursday morning in a release the Sooke & Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Commission (SEAPARC) has re-allocated $600,000 of funding from existing capital budget to complete the 5,100-square feet project, that will add a fitness gym, movement studio and multi-purpose room and a child minding room to the existing facility.

“It has been a long road to get here and there have been some challenges but we are very excited to move ahead and start the project,” SEAPARC Chair Al Beddows said in a release.

The design phase of the expansion at the complex was completed in 2018 and the CRD says it addresses a need for a gym and additional space, that is currently at capacity.

The total cost of the project is $3.4 million, with $1.24 million courtesy of a grant from the Strategic Priorities Federal Gas Tax Fund.

The CRD says the proposed site is on the west side of the SEAPARC Leisure Complex and will increase the centre’s footprint by about 10 per cent from its current 51,020-square feet.

The project is expected to be completed by January 2020.

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