A proposed amphitheatre beside Okanagan College has upset some nearby residents who are concerned about the noise potential.

A proposed amphitheatre beside Okanagan College has upset some nearby residents who are concerned about the noise potential.

Neighbours protest theatre plan

Plans for an open air music venue are hitting a sour note with some Coldstream residents

Plans for an open air music venue are hitting a sour note with some Coldstream residents.

A group of residents living at the north end of Kalamalka Lake have written to Okanagan College protesting a proposed 5,500-seat amphitheatre in a ravine next to Okanagan College’s Vernon campus.

“The Dec. 14 open house on the proposed amphitheatre highlighted there would be a negative impact upon the peace, tranquility and lifestyle of all residential areas within the north end of Kal Lake,” states a letter from the residents to the college.

“The small group sponsoring the amphitheatre is choosing to discount this. Clearly there are other sites or under-used facilities within the Vernon or Okanagan corridor that would be better suited, less impacting and more cost effective.”

In the letter, the residents state that Okanagan College has been a good neighbour and they expect this to continue.

“With this in mind, we ask OC not to permit or to support activities that introduce such long-term adverse affects into our pristine area,” they state.

When contacted, resident Jackie George said noise is the primary issue and neighbours will meet in January to discuss their next step.

“There are people concerned about what is happening.”

Okanagan College officials state they are only giving the Okanagan Summer Festival Society an opportunity to explore the site as a potential venue  and funding options.

“We’ve not signed any lease agreement,” said Allan Coyle, OC’s director of public affairs.

“We would anticipate the neighbours would have concerns and we expect the society to address the concerns where it can.”

The Okanagan Summer Festival Society insists noise has been part of all planning.

“The architect has recommended placing the facility down into the coulee to minimize the earth disturbance and to contain the sound,” said Diane Bond, society managing director.

“The sound will be directed into the side of the hill. There should not be a lot of overflow.”

Bond says sound tests could be conducted this summer.

“Until the experts have done that and told us their recommendations, we’re not sure what we’d be able to do with that issue,” she said, adding that the open house was held early to consult with residents.

 

“Our commitment is to deal with these issues.”

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Lake Country looks at big-ticket projects

Bottom Wood Lake Road construction are the biggest investments

Hillview Elementary students Emma Li and Mina Nadeau were awarded by the Premier’s office for winning the annual holiday card contest. (Karen Rogers photo)
Vernon students’ art featured on Premier’s cards

Hillview youth chosen for annual holiday card contest

Sunnybank
COVID-19 related deaths at Oliver, West Kelowna and Vernon senior care homes

Sunnybank, Heritage Retirement Residence and Noric House recorded deaths over the weekend

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
253 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths in Interior Health over the weekend

More than 1,000 cases in the region remain active

A portion of 34th Street will be closed to through traffic as of Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, while sewer upgrades are underway. (City of Vernon)
Sewer upgrades to close Vernon road

Motorists are to expect some delays around portion of 34th Street starting Wednesday

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C. adjusts COVID-19 vaccine rollout for delivery slowdown

Daily cases decline over weekend, 31 more deaths

Interior Health confirms vaccination of priority populations has begun in Salmon Arm. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
COVID-19 vaccinations underway in Salmon Arm

Interior Health confirms vaccination of priority populations has begun

This is the location, 3240 Skaha Lake Road, of where BC Housing plans to build a four storey supportive housing project for the homeless and at risk of being homeless. (Jesse Day Western News)
Penticton mayor and MLA concerned about new BC Housing project

‘Penticton already has its fair share’ of BC Housing projects

Interior Health declared the COVID-19 outbreak at McKinney Place long term care home over Monday, Jan. 18, 2020. (File photo)
COVID-19 outbreak at McKinney Place care home declared over

‘This has been one of our most challenging outbreaks so far,’ says chief medical health officer

Penticton Bylaw officer Glenn Smith, as well as resident Zak Laycock (not pictured), received the Governor General Award from the Royal Canadian Humane Association to recognize their heroism in a summer 2019 incident. (Contributed)
Bylaw officer and Penticton resident given awards for intervening in sexual assault

Bylaw officer Glenn Smith said he was simply in the right place at the right time

A female prisoner sent Langford police officers a thank-you card after she spent days in their custody. (Twitter/West Shore RCMP)
Woman gives Victoria-area jail 4.5-star review in handwritten card to police after arrest

‘We don’t often get thank you cards from people who stay with us, but this was sure nice to see’: RCMP

An elk got his antlers caught up in a zip line in Youbou over the weekend. (Conservation Officer Service Photo)
Elk rescued from zip line in Youbou on Vancouver Island

Officials urge people to manage items on their property that can hurt animals

An Abbotsford man was killed in a motor vehicle accident on Highway 3 on Monday, Jan. 18. (Black Press file photo)
Abbotsford man killed in Highway 3 crash near Hedley

Fatality was discovered by passing tow truck driver

A Trail man has a lucky tin for a keepsake after it saved him from a stabbing last week. File photo
Small tin in Kootenay man’s jacket pocket saved him from stabbing: RCMP

The man was uninjured thanks to a tin in his jacket

Most Read