Coldstream gets in the Games

An event that kicked off 30 years ago in Vernon, could possibly be returning, and has gained another player in support

An event that kicked off 30 years ago in Vernon, could possibly be returning, and has gained another player in support.

The District of Coldstream has joined the roster of communities supporting the bid for the 55-Plus B.C. Games, joining Vernon, Armstrong-Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation Commission and the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee. A bid package is being submitted June 26 for Vernon to host the 2017, 2018 or 2019 Games, with preference for the Sept. 12 to 16, 2017 anniversary Games.

It’s expected that the results will be known in September.

“There might be some local Coldstream parks that would be required,” said Doug Ross, Vernon’s director of recreation.

Sovereign Park as well as tennis courts at Middleton Mountain, Kalavista and Kalamalka Secondary are just some of the potential spaces being needed.

“There is the opportunity that between now and when the Games are hosted another venue might come up,” said Ross.

Pickleball is just one of the sports that would fill local courts if Vernon earns the Games’ bid.

“They had about 220 participants in pickleball at the Langley Games,” said Ross.