Rollerskating proving to be a hit in Armstrong

Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation says rollerskating attendance numbers are higher than those of public skating...

Four wheels are outdoing two blades.

In her report to council, Armstrong Coun. Kelly Rowe, chairperson of the Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation commission, said statistics show rollerskating outweighs public ice skating in popularity and regular attendance.

“I think the reason why is rollerskating is consistently on a particular day and everyone knows that,” said Rowe. “Next year when we get the ice skating schedule set, I think we’ll see a growth in ice skating.”

Made popular by the Okanagan Shuswap Roller Derby Association, which uses Armstrong’s Hassen Arena as its home base, rollerskating in the city was helped along when parks and rec manager Byron  Sayer was able to use some contacts in Alberta to have roller skates shipped to Armstrong for winter use.

Two new programs have also proven to be popular for Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation, said Rowe, referring to indoor soccer, which has drawn more than 30 kids aged three to 12, and an indoor riding program.

Parks and rec is also trying to put together some new birthday packages.

One-way lane

One-way signs will soon adorn an Armstrong lane.

Council voted unanimously to make Haugen Lane a one-way roadway running east to west in keeping with the mandate created during the Heaton Place seniors housing  development in 2008.

“The rationale behind that was that new parking would be created against the building for Heaton Place, and the width of the lane was narrow, so it was probably best to have one-way traffic on that road,” said Coun. Ryan Nitchie, chairperson of the city’s planning and development committee.

The one-way signs have been ordered, and will likely be erected before the end of February or in early March.

Hansen relay wheels in

Planning continues for the Rick Hansen Relay, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Man In Motion world tour, as it wheels into Armstrong Tuesday, April 3.

“Lots of planning and organization has been going on,” said Coun. Paul Britton, chairperson of the city’s community services committee.

“We have directed staff to form a committee and hold a meeting with all of the people involved so we can showcase our community.”

Relay staff have confirmed that they wish to make arrangements for a community lunch of some kind at Pleasant Valley Secondary School. Relay staff also want to include Len Wood Middle School in the lunch.

“The event comes with its own organization structure that will take care of the people running or rolling as relay medal bearers,” said Armstrong administrator Patti Ferguson. “It will be up to the community as to what the level of community excitement is.”

Coun. Shirley Fowler recalled there was a large celebration at the IPE Fairgrounds 25 years ago when Hansen passed through the North Okanagan.

April 3 will be day 224 of the 25th anniversary tour, and will also include stops in Vernon and Enderby.

Public hearing on park

The city has moved one step closer to creating more green space.

First two readings have been given to an official community plan amendment bylaw to change the future land use of properties at 2855 Patterson Avenue from multi-family residential to park to allow the creation of the proposed Huculak Park.

Two readings were also unanimously passed by council to amending the zoning of the Patterson Avenue property from R.1 residential low density single family to the P.1 Assembly zone.

A public hearing on the changes and the proposed park is set for Monday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in City of Armstrong chambers.