Restore Community Access to the Sherwood Park Domes

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Burlington adult soccer communities have been displaced by the inaction of the City of Burlington. The City has allowed the Burlington Youth Soccer Club (BYSC) -- without external input or approval -- to deny long-standing dome users their rightful place in the City-owned and tax-payer financed domes while leaving the public facility largely empty.

After contributing initial funding for development and rental fees for 15+ years the Burlington Soccer League (BSL), Burlington Women's Recreational Soccer League (BWRSL), Burlington Old Timers Soccer Club (BOTSC), and Burlington Ladies Soccer League (BLSL) have contributed well in excess of $600,000 to the Sherwood Forest Park Domes but have been kept out as of this fall.

No negotiations were offered by the City or BYSC and no conversations toward working together have taken place. Instead the adult soccer clubs have had their programming replaced -- and in some cases duplicated -- by the BYSC in an effort to create a monopoly for soccer in Burlington. This forces residents to pay higher fees for fewer games at a lower quality or to travel outside of the City in which their tax dollars helped to fund this soccer facility.

We are asking Councillors of the City of Burlington to intervene and ensure that the Burlington Youth Soccer Club adheres to the allocation and gender equity programming policies and provides community users and groups access to the Domes. We want to ensure that long-standing Burlington adult soccer organizations have their access to the Domes restored so that the Burlington adult soccer community can be better served through competitive programming.

Please sign the petition to show support for community access to the public domes at Sherwood Forest Park in Burlington.



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