Den Duyf Park

Den Duyf Park Concept
Den Duyf Park Concept

Currently under construction, Den Duyf Park (formally the Pemberton and District Recreation Site) will be a multi-use recreation area serving the communities of Pemberton, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) Area C and Lil'wat Nation. Located on Pemberton Farm Road East, the Park will include two grass soccer fields (one field completed in 2019 and the other currently under construction), an amenity building, soon to be constructed, Mountain Bike Skills Park, currently underway, and baseball diamond (to be considered in a future phase). The site concept also includes a recreation complex (including arena and swimming pool), and parking fields which will be developed in phases as funding permits.

Den Duyf Park is a culmination of a number of smaller projects made possible through funding from the governments of Canada and British Columbia as well as seven local partners including the Den Duyf Family, the Squamish Lillooet Regional District (SLRD), Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, The Ridge at Pemberton, Sunstone Pemberton and the Rotary Club of Pemberton.

Project Timeline

2013 - 2016  |  Consultation and site planning

Planning and site concept development commence informed by extensive community consultation in 2013.

2017  |  Land gifted to Village of Pemberton

Den Duyf family gift land to the Village for the development of a recreation site.

June 2018  |  Soccer Field #1 funding announced

Project receives funding from the SLRD via the federal GTF. Other funding and CACs provided by Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, Ridge at Pemberton and Sunstone Ridge Development.

Fall 2019  |  Soccer Field #1 completed

Soccer field completed and opened to the public.

June 2020  |  Soccer Field #2 funding announced

Village awarded $3.09 million through the ICIP for construction of a FIFA-size Soccer Field and Amenity Building. Additional funding and CACs provided by the Village, SLRD, Sunstone Ridge Development and the Rotary.

November 2020  |  Soccer Field #2 contract awarded

Cedar Crest Lands BC Ltd. awarded contract for Soccer Field #2.

January 2021  |  Soccer Field #2 construction commences

Construction of Soccer Field #2 begins with subgrade preparations.

February 2021  |  Bike Skills Park funding announced

The Village awarded $974,258 through the CERIP for construction of the Pemberton Area Mountain Bike Skills Park. Additional funding and CACs provided by PORCA through the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and Sunstone Ridge Development.

March 2021  |  Bike Skills Park site prep commences

Early site preparation works commence including clearing activities, land filling, and pre-loading.

May 2021  |  Tender opportunities

The Village releases a Request for Tender for the Amenity Building and a Request for Proposal Mountain Bike Skills Park.

July 2021  |  Mountain Bikes Skills Park Contract Awarded

Velosolutions awarded contract for Mountain Bike Skills Park.


Project Background & Funding

In 2017, the Den Duyf family gifted the parcel of land to the Village of Pemberton for recreation for the benefit of the Village of Pemberton, the SLRD and Lil’wat Nation.. 

A site concept was developed in partnership with the SLRD and Lil’wat Nation and proposed amenities including two grass soccer fields, two smaller practice fields, one slow pitch field and recreation facilities including an arena, a swimming pool and multi-sport complex. 

The concept has since been revised to include an amenity building adjacent to the second FIFA regulation-size soccer field (including washrooms, change rooms, a concession stand, and storage) as well as the replacement of the two smaller practice fields with a Mountain Bike Skills Park.

Soccer Field #1

The construction, of the first of the two soccer fields was completed and opened to the community in the Fall of 2019.

This project was made possible through a number of project and funding partners. In 2017, ‘The Ridge at Pemberton’ Developers provided fill and preload for the soccer field from in the form of Community Amenity Contributions (CACs) equaling $508,929, as well as in kind CACs from Sunstone Ridge Development totaling $334,400. In June 2018, the project received $500,000 in funding from the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF)* via the SLRD Area C, and Area C Amenity Funds. In July 2018, a $300,000 contribution was provided by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation.

The SLRD and the Village, through the Pemberton Valley Utilities and Services Committee (PVUS), have formally added the Pemberton Soccer Field to the Pemberton and District Recreation Service which establishes a funding framework for the maintenance and upkeep of shared recreation facilities, including the Pemberton & District Community Centre, the Youth and Senior’s Centre, Pemberton Meadows fields, Gates Lake Community Park, and the new soccer field.

*The federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) is administered by the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) in British Columbia in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

Soccer Field #2 & Amenity Building

In July 2020, the Village of Pemberton was awarded $3.09 million dollars for the construction of a FIFA regulation-size soccer field (including a water well or pond for irrigation, fencing and lighting), as well as an amenity building with washrooms, change rooms, storage and concession. This funding was provided by the Governments of Canada and British Columbia’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) under the Community, Culture, and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS).

The total cost of the project is $4,224,405. The Village's share of the funding will come from Village Community Amenity Contributions (CACs), Squamish-Lillooet Regional District contributions, developer contributions and community contributions.

Site preparation for the second soccer field and amenity building has already begun. Construction of the field and amenity building is expected to be completed and open to the public in later this year.

Mountain Bike Skills Park

In March 2021, in partnership with the Village of Pemberton, the Pemberton Off-Road Cycling Association (PORCA) was awarded $974,258 to support the development of a mountain bike skills park. This funding was made available through the Government of British Columbia’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP) as well as a $25,000 contribution from the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation.

The Mountain Bike Skills Park will include four jump trails for beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert level riders as well as an asphalt pump track for intermediate level riders.

The Mountain Bike Skills Park is expected to be completed and open for public use in Summer 2022.

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