West Kelowna to set the (new) stage for Music in the Park

Council has issued a request for proposals to attain a new, temporary stage for Music in the Park this summer.

West Kelowna is hoping to build upon the success of last summer’s Music in the Park program.

But last Tuesday council realized the district will need some new tools in order to do that.

Nancy Henderson, director of development services, said the existing stage that was used for last summer’s program is in need of overhauling and electrical upgrades in order to be ready for Music in the Park this summer.

“A temporary stage is being recommended at this point in time over a permanent stage,” said Henderson.

“Because the park is not heavily used day in and day out, it’s subject to quite a bit of vandalism, which has also contributed to the existing stage’s issues right now.”

The plan is to attain a mobile stage that can be assembled prior to an event and then put back into storage afterwards.

Public consultation—including two surveys and a public open house—led district staff to recommend three short-term upgrades for Memorial Park.

Along with stage improvements, Henderson said the public showed an appetite for a bike skills park and tiered seating at Memorial Park.

Mayor Doug Findlater said he was puzzled why upgrades to the existing skateboard park weren’t on the list.

“There’s a lot of really negative comments made in the youth community (and) in the survey, about the skateboard park,” said Findlater.

Henderson explained the bike skills park will cost significantly less money than the skateboard park; therefore, was listed as a short-term priority. She noted more information regarding improvements to the skateboard park will be brought back to council in late May or early June when the full Memorial Park draft plan is presented.

West Kelowna council unanimously opted to issue a request for proposals for the purchase of a portable stage and for the installation of the necessary utility upgrades at Memorial Park.

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