Farming has been shelved at Fintry Provincial Park.
The Regional District of Central Okanagan board has abandoned further discussions with B.C. Parks to swap land for agricultural activities at the park off of Westside Road.
“Our staff explored the concept and they came back and said, ‘Don’t do it,’” said director Jim Edgson.
RDCO had applied to B.C. Parks for a land swap so farming could occur and generate funds for the Friends of Fintry Park Society, which is responsible for the park’s heritage manor and barn.
RDCO had offered to swap 129.5 hectares of land above Westside Road, which is part of the park but is owned by the regional district, for a lowland field. The field is not used by B.C. Parks.
It had been suggested that RDCO take over the bottom land because B.C. Parks’ policies don’t allow items, such as vegetables, to be taken out of a park.
However, discussions revealed that B.C. Parks and the Friends of Fintry Society did not support the concept and favour heritage or recreational opportunities as a way of raising funds.
Concerns about noise, odour and traffic also came from the adjacent residential neighbourhood. Others wanted the lowland field to remain as park.
“I talked to people on the Fintry delta and they were very much opposed to it,” said Edgson of farming.
Edgson isn’t sure what heritage or recreational opportunities B.C. Parks and the Friends of Fintry may pursue in the future.
“We will work with all groups and see what can be done,” he said.