Members of the Vernon Ringette Association urge motorists to vote yes for a twinned Kal Tire Place Saturday.

New arena gets green light from Greater Vernon voters

A majority of residents who cast ballots Saturday agreed to borrow $13.2 million

Greater Vernon is getting a new arena.

A referendum to borrow $13.2 milllion to twin Kal Tire Place passed Saturday with 4,265 votes in favour. There were 3,331 no votes within Vernon, Coldstream and Areas B and C.

“It’s a good indication that there was support. It’s good news,” said Juliette Cunningham, Greater Vernon Advisory Committee chairperson.

“Quite a few seniors voted yes because of their grandchildren or neighbourhood kids. They realize that we need amenities to make the community attractive for families.”

The new facility will replace the ice sheet at the almost 80-year-old Civic Arena.

Had the referendum failed, Cunningham says it would have been challenging to keep Civic operating given its failing condition.

The successful referendum result is being embraced by local sports groups, including minor hockey, ringette and lacrosse.

“It’s really good. I’m really happy,” said Cameron Grant, spokesperson for the user groups leading up to the vote.

“It means that people understand we have to rebuild infrastructure that benefits all of us.”

A final design for the new ice sheet will now be developed over the next nine to to 12 months and it’s anticipated that the new arena will be completed by the fall of 2018.

“We will have to make sure Civic remains functional,” said Cunningham, pointing out that minor hockey and other groups will still rely on Civic while the new facility is constructed.

But activities could abruptly come to an end if Civic’s refrigeration system fails before 2018.

“We have to keep our fingers crossed because it would be a scramble for user groups,” said Cunningham.

According to the Regional District of North Okanagan, a residence assessed at $350,000 will pay $24 annually for 20 years for construction of the new ice sheet.



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

Just Posted

‘I just felt I had to do something’: Vernon Black Lives Matter protest organizer

Young woman organizes peaceful protest to take place next week at Vernon courthouse

Woman injured as purse snatched downtown Vernon

Two young men were arrested following detailed statements from witnesses

Vernonites encouraged to get active for National Fitness Day

National Health and Fitness Day takes place this Saturday, June 6

Injured 71-year-old mountain biker rescued from Vernon trail

Vernon firefighters assisted with the rescue in Ellison Provincial Park

Get Outdoors! Our lake of many colours

Take a look at what’s behind Kalamalka Lake’s colours

Second video of Kelowna RCMP arrest shows Mountie punching suspect at least 10 times

The officer involved in the incident has been reassigned to administrative duties

Okanagan’s Grand Chief Stewart Phillip appeals for living-donor kidney transplant

Okanagan Nation Alliance Grand Chief has chronic kidney disease

New video evidence in Surrey man’s West Kelowna murder trial shown in court

The defence closed its case following the playing of the video in court, marking the end of the evidentiary phase of the trial

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Community backlash over Black Lives Matter rally in Kelowna

Some members of Kelowna’s black community stated they don’t support Friday’s rally

Plan in place for BC Ferries to start increasing service levels

Ferry corporation reaches temporary service level agreement with province

B.C. starts to see employment return under COVID-19 rules

Jobless rate for young people still over 20% in May

Flooding prompts closure of parks along Shuswap and Mara lakes

Boaters asked to respect No Wake policy protecting properties along water

Cyclist in serious condition after being hit by dump truck in Kelowna

The woman sustained injuries to one of her legs, according to RCMP

Most Read