Athletic park ready for soft opening Friday

People will be able to take a morning run on the track or throw the football around on the artificial turf,

Lace up your runners and hit the track.

The public can begin using portions of the  Greater Vernon Athletics Park Friday.

“People will be able to take a morning run on the track or throw the football around on the artificial turf,” said Tannis Nelson, community development co-ordinator with the Regional District of North Okanagan.

“Those specific areas will be open from dawn to dusk.”

Use of the track and artificial field is free of charge, unless it is booked for exclusive use through the recreation complex.

As part of the soft opening Friday , RDNO staff and volunteers will be on scene from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

And there are already some initial rave reviews about the facility next to Okanagan College.

“The track and field club had a trial run Monday and they’re pretty excited,” said Nelson.

There is currently no access to the natural turf field as the grass is still developing, and the washroom/shower building is under construction.

All amenities are expected to be completed for the facility’s grand opening Sept. 26.