Crews work to get the Greater Vernon Athletics Park finished before the grand opening Sept. 26.

Crews work to get the Greater Vernon Athletics Park finished before the grand opening Sept. 26.

Greater Vernon Athletics Park set to open Sept. 26

The date for the grand opening of the Greater Vernon Athletics Park has finally been set...

The date for the grand opening of the Greater Vernon Athletics Park has finally been set.

The community is invited to mark their calendars for this special event that will take place at the park, located adjacent to Okanagan College.

The date is Saturday, Sept. 26.

“The grand opening will highlight a full day of activities that will feature active demonstrations and use of the park, including the track and artificial turf field, and the throwing and jumping areas by user‐groups,” said Tannis Nelson with the Regional District of North Okanagan.

Information booths and entertainment will also be part of the grand opening day, and the public will be invited to tour the facilities, participate in activities, and learn about or register for recreational activities and organizations.

Planning for the event is underway and organizers would like to invite all interested sport, recreation, non‐profit, and music, dance, or cheer squads that are interested in being part of the day’s festivities to submit an application for space by Sept. 1.

There is no fee to participate. Application forms are available online at: http://bit.ly/athleticspark.

Food vendors, sponsors and event day volunteers are also invited to complete the online application form.

In addition to sponsorship opportunities, businesses are invited to pre‐register their mascot for a mascot race, to be held prior to the official ceremonies.

“The grand opening will be an excellent opportunity for the community to come and see the potential of this first‐class facility,” said RDNO director Bob Fleming.

“We plan to showcase the variety of uses for the park, such as a walking track, practice facility, organized games, championship matches, and even special community events.”

A schedule of events for the grand opening will be published closer to the event day in late September, once all participants are confirmed.

A soft opening of the track and artificial field is anticipated later this month, which will give the public an opportunity to come “try the track” prior to the grand opening event.

The Greater Vernon Athletics Park is a shared project of Greater Vernon, which includes the City of Vernon, District of Coldstream, and the Regional District of North Okanagan (Electoral Area B (BX/Swan Lake) and Area C (BX/SilverStar).