June 14, 2021
Southpointe Academy’s Statement: Sports Dome Proposal
Head of School, Southpointe Academy
Southpointe Academy is temporarily withdrawing its proposal for a shared sports dome at Grauer Park to allow more time for us and our project partner, the City of Delta, to engage with public stakeholders.
When we responded to the City of Delta’s public sports summits in May 2019 and March 2021 to enhance community sports amenities in South Delta, we received immediate support from various sports associations, including hockey, baseball and basketball. Along with Southpointe, these groups see the tremendous benefit of having such a state-of-the-art, year-round training facility close to home. There has also been some opposition to the proposal.
Any future public consultation with the City of Delta will focus on communicating more clearly the public benefits of a shared sports amenity, including the fact that the community will have majority access to the city-owned facility and at peak user times, while Southpointe covers all construction costs.
We thank everyone who took time to offer feedback about the sports dome. Southpointe is a school of the community, and not just in the community. We look forward to working with the Mayor and Council, as well as the broader local community, to address feedback before we reintroduce our proposal. Thank you.