McLeod playground will wait until spring

Spallumcheen children will have to wait until spring to play on new McLeod subdivision playground

Preparation work on the new playground and park in Spallumcheen’s McLeod subdivision is complete.

But it won’t be until the spring before kids can play on the new equipment.

“The asphalt pathways and top-soil are nearing completion,” said Ed Forslund, the township’s public works manager. “Trees and shrubs have been planted and the irrigation has been completed.”

Forslund said site furnishings have been ordered and should be installed within a couple of week.

However, new playground equipment for the park, located near Sidney Crescent and Lockhart Drive, won’t be installed until the spring due to safety concerns.

“We can’t do the safety surfacing for the park in the colder weather, it has to be warm to do that, and I don’t want to put in the playground equipment until the safety surfacing is done,” said Forslund.

Lights need power

The light standards designed to improve a Spallumcheen intersection are in.

The problem is, the power needed for the lights hasn’t been turned on.

A street light at Mendenhall Road and Highway 97 has been set up but the Hydro transformer needed to operate the light has yet to be installed.

“We’re waiting on Hydro,” said Forslund.

The street light will help illuminate the intersection that leads to the Stepping Stones subdivision.

Golf course plan

The Spallumcheen Golf Course has put in motion the first step towards possible future expansion.

Spall’s ownership group acquired property located east of the golf course, adjacent to the fifth hole, and have applied for an OCP amendment bylaw that would change the land use designation of the eight-hectare parcel from agricultural to commercial.

“At this point, no, we’re not looking to do any expansion as we have a long-term lease with our First Nations neighbours,” said Tyler McCracken from the course’s ownership group.

“We don’t have any plans right now but the property did look appetizing for future growth.”

The plan must be considered by the Agricultural Land Commission for comment before moving ahead to the next stage.

Kraft hosts contest

The Okanagan Boys and Girls Club received Spallumcheen council’s support in its quest for money from Kraft Canada.

Club director Kirsty Hopkins said the club is one of 100 food banks in Canada chosen for the opportunity to receive donations from the Kraft Food For Families program.

“By simply adding their name online at, Spallumcheen residents can support the growing needs of our community,” wrote Hopkins.

For each name the food bank receives, Kraft will donate 50 cents to the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club Food Bank.

Residents can add their names everyday from now until Dec. 31.

“We need these funds for resources required to meeting the growing needs of our community, including more storage space,” said Hopkins.

The Okanagan Boys and Girls Club is up against 19 other food banks in the region. If it receives the most online names by Dec. 31, they’ll receive an additional $5,000 from Kraft.