A group is trying to shed some light on the complex process that could lead to major changes to Greater Vernon’s parks, recreation and culture service.
The BX-Swan Lake Community Association is planning to meet with each of the participating jurisdictions about the negotiations that could restructure the function or result in its disbandment.
“This has been dragging on and on and it seems to be at a stalemate,” said president Ray Ivey.
“The general public doesn’t understand what’s going on. It’s not an easy thing to explain.”
Presently, the association is meeting with the District of Coldstream to understand its position on parks and recreation.
Future discussions will be held with the City of Vernon and the two electoral areas — BX-Swan Lake and BX-Silver Star.
The original plan was to bring all of the parties together for a single public session, but that became unwieldy.
“Because of the time required to clearly identify the position of each of the participants, it became clear that this could not be accomplished at one meeting,” said Ivey.
He is hopeful the community association’s involvement may bring the jurisdictions’ diverse views closer together.
“Hopefully by doing all of this, we can move the process along to some form of resolution,” he said.
Once gathered, the information will be made available to the media and residents of Greater Vernon.
Ivey insists the association is not taking sides and it hasn’t decided if restructuring is necessary.
“We’re gathering positions of the different participants and providing it to the public,” he said.