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Opening of Peachland’s Turner Park delayed as upgrades continue

The upgrade project is funded through a provincial fund and a Jays Care Foundation grant
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Peachland’s Turner Park in 2020. (Daeshel Heidelbach - Change.org)

Turner Park in Peachland will not reopen to the public this spring as initially anticipated.

The park is fenced to prevent possible damage to the turf as upgrades continue. The playing field has been seeded and is closed to the public.

Improvements to date include new player benches and upgraded dugouts, backstop, and fencing along Turner Avenue.

The rest of the upgrade project starts in the summer:

  • New set of viewing bleachers for the baseball diamond;
  • Removal of the old playground and replacement with new one;
  • Connection of the washroom to the sanitary sewer system;
  • Accessibility improvements to the washroom building;
  • Removal of the sports box asphalt and fencing and replacement with grass;
  • Improvement of the parking area;
  • Irrigation installation;
  • Accessible pathway installations;
  • Public benches, waste receptacles, and accessible picnic tables;
  • Vegetation and shade structure installations.

Peachland Elementary students took part in a DOT-MOCRACY to approve the new playground. They voted by putting stickers on three potential designs. Council supported the students’ choice at its April 9 meeting.

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The overwhelming design choice for a new playground at Turner park as chosen by students at Peachland Elementary. (District of Peachland photo)

The project is funded through a portion of the $2.7 million received from the province’s Growing Communities Fund and a Jays Care Foundation grant.

Turner Park is expected to be fully open, with the field ready for competitive soccer, in spring 2025.

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