Penticton’s peach isn’t the only one in the Okanagan Valley.
Peachland Mayor Cindy Fortin believes the district is the rightful owner of the peach symbol.
A six-foot wide golf ball has been sitting on a 20-foot high tee at the base of Ponderosa Drive alongside Highway 97 in Peachland since the mid 1970s. It once pointed the way toward a golf course that has since been closed. In recent years it signalled plans for world-class Greg Norman greens that have long since been abandoned.
The remnant of these broken plans was a bit of an oddity, but that won’t be the case anymore.
Now it appears that the District of Peachland has taken ownership of the larger-than-life ball and wants to give it new life.
Dean Lauzé, a classically trained, professional multimedia artist, has been commissioned to do the work and was atop a tall ladder most of Tuesday, painting the base coat of the town’s namesake fruit.
A lot of people were seeing the golf ball and thinking there was a golf course in the area, said Fortin. The project cost the district $10,000.
Penticton also has a peach located on Lakeshore Drive, which operates as an ice cream shop during the summer.