The City of Kelowna officially acquired Rutland Centennial Park as part of the Memorandum of Agreement with the Rutland Park Society.
“We are pleased to have come to a mutually beneficial agreement with the Rutland Park Society to protect and rejuvenate Centennial Park now and for generations to come,” said Mayor Colin Basran, in a city press release.
“This historical landmark will continue to serve the area and add to the vibrancy of the Rutland Town Centre.”
An immediate investment of $400,000 is underway for the design and construction of a full size grass soccer field and is expected to be available to park users by spring 2016.
The $800,000 purchase of the park and right-of-way through the existing parking lot adjacent to Centennial Hall will accommodate the future expansion of transit services and extension of Shepherd Road to Rutland roads.
“The proceeds received by the Rutland Park Society will be reinvested into the aging Centennial Hall to bring it up to current building code requirements so it can be better utilized by the community,” said Rutland Park Society president, Todd Sanderson, also in the press release,
“As a society we are very excited to have this deal done as not only will the park be improved, but we can now also improve the hall so that it can once again be a focal point for local celebrations and events.”
Input is needed to help prioritize future park amenities at a public information session planned for Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Centennial Hall. City staff will be on hand to answer questions.
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