Join us as we work towards building a 'Track of Dreams'

A NEW 6 Lane Track for all of Oceanside

@ Ballenas Secondary

Our Mission

Oceanside Community Track Committee, School District 69, Oceanside Track & Field, City of Parksville, Town of Qualicum Beach and Regional District of Nanaimo (Areas E, F, G, H), are actively seeking funding opportunities through government, foundations, local organizations, businesses, and interested donors to bring a NEW six lane all weather running track and amenities at the École Ballenas Secondary School—to support the Oceanside region. 

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Together let's create positive change ...

... and build an all weather running track!

Mike Mason, Team Canada High Jump

Alycia Butterworth, 2017 World Track & Field Championships

Why a New Running Track?

The existing track at École Ballenas Secondary School was built in the last century with a red cinder base and is approximately 400m length. Apart from some improved drainage and re-cindering, no major upgrades have been made since 1977.

The existing facility is past the end of its life cycle. The track has no curbs and therefore merges with the grass infield on the inside and the outfield on its outside. Lane markings are not permanent, therefore are added when required. The track is not well drained and regularly develops holes and dips, which require continual maintenance, which in turn adds to the unevenness of the surface.

The track was identified by the community as needing to be replaced in the 2005 recreational master plan and has been the subject of numerous studies over the years, including a major study in 2009.

Community Benefits

There is a clear region-wide consensus around community benefits:

Our Project Vision

Sponsorship Opportunities

The renewal of the track will cost approximately $1.5 million to construct and maintain for 20 years. This estimate includes such work as excavation, hauling, fill, removing of existing curb, drainage, paving, curbing, line painting, landscaping, seeding, synthetic surfacing, retaining walls and fencing. 

Should additional funds be raised, they would be used to assist with ongoing maintenance and any necessary upgrades and/or repairs to the track. Donations can be made via Canada Helps or please make cheque payable to: School District 69 (Qualicum)

Help us reach our $1.5 million fundraising goal:

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RELAY

$20

No donation is too small. All help is appreciated and will be put to good use.

  • Invitation to opening ceremony
  • Name included on website donor list

HEPTATHLON

$100

Is a business, organization or individual that sponsors the track with a minimum contribution of $100. Heptathlon sponsors will receive:

  • Donation acknowledged in thank you advertisement in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach News
  • Invitation to opening ceremony
  • Business logo or name on the project website page

DECATHLON

$1000

Is a business, organization or individual that sponsors the track with a minimum contribution of $1000. Decathlon sponsors will receive:

  • Support is verbally acknowledged at official opening ceremony and any related events
  • Company logo appears on all print collateral for opening ceremony
  • Donation acknowledged in thank you advertisement in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach News
  • Invitation to opening ceremony
  • Business logo or name on the project website page

MARATHON

$10,000

Is a business, organization or individual that sponsors the track with a minimum contribution of $10,000. Marathon sponsors will receive:

  • Company logo appears as Marathon sponsor on permanent track signage
  • Donation acknowledged in thank you advertisement in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach News along with company logo
  • Company logo included in all advertising material (including websites, social media, news releases, collateral materials)
  • Support is verbally acknowledged at official opening ceremony and any related events
  • Company logo appears on all print collateral for opening ceremony
  • Invitation to opening ceremony
  • Business logo or name on the project website page

ULTRA MARATHON

$100,000

Is a business, organization or individual that sponsors the track with a minimum contribution of $100,000. Ultra Marathon sponsors will receive: 

  • Company representative to take part in ribbon cutting and all photo opportunities
  • Company logo appears as an Ultra Marathon sponsor on permanent track signage
  • Donation acknowledged in thank you advertisement in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach News along with company logo
  • Company logo included in all advertising material (including websites, social media, news releases, collateral materials)
  • Support is verbally acknowledged at official opening ceremony and any related events
  • Company logo appears on all print collateral for opening ceremony
  • Invitation to opening ceremony
  • Business logo or name on the project website page

Thank you for your Sponsorship & In-Kind Donations

Should a business or organization be willing to donate products or services, donations will be appropriately acknowledged.

A tax-deductible receipt will be issued for all donations over $20.
Donations can be made via Canada Helps or please make cheque payable to: School District 69 (Qualicum)

History of Track & Field Facilities

These track and field facilities are located at the two secondary schools, Ballenas and Kwalikum. The School District’s primary current track and field venue is at École Ballenas Secondary School. It dates from, or shortly after, the construction of the school in 1977. It has a red cinder base and is approximately 400m in length. The track is in poor condition. 

Identified in the 2006 Regional 69 Recreation Services Master Plan for the Oceanside Area there was a recommendation that consideration be given to a possible construction of a track and field facility. 

By March 2008 a Track and Field feasibility study was approved in the form of a joint venture between School District 69 and the Regional District of Nanaimo. The consulting firm of Yates, Thorn and Associates were retained to manage the project. 

In June 2009 the District 69 Recreation Commission was presented with the final report from the consultant. A resolution resulted that the report be approved as a resource development of planning and development of a track and field facility in District 69. 

In June 2011 the District 69 Recreation Commission discussed the idea of re-focusing attention on the feasibility of a track and field complex. 

In August 2019 School District 69 secured the services of Koers & Associates Engineering to review original designs and cost estimates for surfacing the running track at École Ballenas Secondary School.

SD69 Qualicum

HAVE QUESTIONS? TRY OUR FAQ OR GET IN TOUCH FOR MORE INFO:

Oceanside Community Track
Michael (Mike) Garland, Fundraising Committee
Email
Ph: 250-951-5609