West Kelowna’s Music in the Park hailed by council

Councillors expressed their satisfaction with the district's first ever free concert series at a council meeting Tuesday night.

Music in the Park is here to stay.

West Kelowna councillors expressed their satisfaction with the district’s first ever free concert series at a council meeting Tuesday night.

The family-friendly music series ran in Memorial Park every Friday from July 6 to Aug. 31. Two of the concerts were cancelled due to lightning.

Each concert featured a talented kid, an opening act and a closing act.

In total more than 3,000 people attended the concert series throughout the summer, with an average attendance of 430. Shawn Hook’s Aug. 24 performance brought out over 600 people.

Council members acknowledged the work of local singer/songwriter Ryan Donn, who was a key part of organizing the concert series.

Coun. Duane Ophus said he was happy with the program; however, he mentioned the district should look into making the venue more accessible for seniors and those with disabilities in future years.

The district’s budget for the program was $20,000. A total of $3,200 was also received through grants and sponsorships.

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