New pavillion adds to Paddlewheel Park

The open design is particularly useful in accommodating visitors from local senior’s residences

The Okanagan Landing and District Community Association recently opened the new Kalamalka Rotary Pavillion at Paddlewheel Park.

The Okanagan Landing and District Community Association recently opened the new Kalamalka Rotary Pavillion at Paddlewheel Park.

Okanagan Landing and District Community Association president Ron Heuman, and Vernon councillor Juliette Cunningham joined Landing residents and other dignitaries recently to celebrate the completion of a picnic pavilion in Paddlewheel Park.

The open design is particularly useful in accommodating visitors from local senior’s residences, who will need to accommodate wheelchairs in the facility.

This sturdy structure, designed to remind citizens of the original 1892 CPR baggage shelter, which was once attached to the west end of the Stationhouse, is a clear representation of the strong collaborative spirit that has long been a part of our community.

“I am so proud to be a part of it,” said Val Heuman, project manager for the initiative.

Situated in a shaded area of the park away from the more vigorous play areas ensures that all levels of activity can still be enjoyed by park visitors.

“The success of this initiative by the Okanagan Landing Association was entirely due to the tremendous support given by the greater community,” said Ron Heuman.

The majority of the funds needed for the project came from the Regional District of North Okanagan, the Kalamalka Rotary Club and the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan while the cost of  materials was offset by in kind donations made by Farrer Rentals, OK Ready Mix, R.E. Postill & Sons Ltd., Shepherds Home Hardware Building Centre, Home Building Centre and Central Hardware.

Bourcet Engineering, Horizon Geotechnical and MQN Architects donated design and engineering services.