Politicians await track cost

It will be some time before the final cost of the Greater Vernon Athletics Park is known

It will be some time before the final cost of the Greater Vernon Athletics Park is known.

Some Regional District of North Okanagan directors are asking for a financial accounting, but that may not be possible until early 2016.

“They (construction crews) are still working on the project and it’s not done yet,” director Bob Fleming told his board colleagues Wednesday.

“It will be a while before all of the bills are in.”

Voters agreed in 2013 to borrow $7.5 million for the project, but there have been some cost overruns since then.

Final figures may be partially delayed as some warranty work and construction deficiencies are being pursued by the regional district.

The facility next to Okanagan College is now being used by the public, but the ribbon-cutting takes place Saturday, Sept. 26.

“It’s an all-day event,” said Tannis Nelson, community development co-ordinator.

Festivities will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the official ceremony at noon.

“There will be a bunch of activities from sports organizations and some organizations will have registration information on site,” said Nelson.

 

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