Politicians review recreational facilities

Coldstream, Vernon and electoral area representatives consider operation of major amenities

Managing Greater Vernon’s recreational and cultural amenities is under scrutiny.

Coldstream, Vernon and electoral area representatives met Tuesday to begin a review of major facilities like the Performing Arts Centre, Wesbild Centre and the recreation complex.

“We will discuss options on how to run the facilities,” said director Rob Sawatzky.

“You want to do your due diligence. If you’re looking at an alternative to the current structure, you would look for efficiencies and streamlined governance.”

One possible option is the current structure which has administration in the hands of the Regional District of North Okanagan.

Another possibility is a municipal partner assuming control under a contract.

“They both have positives and negatives,” said director Mike Macnabb.

Jim Garlick, Coldstream director, says he remains open minded about the options.

“I have heard the city would really like to run the facilities,” he said.

“If this is a sticking point, that (a contract) would resolve this. it would also reduce a layer of administration.”

While the arenas, Performing Arts Centre and recreation complex are part of the process, there are questions as to whether the museum, art gallery, Caetani Cultural Centre and other agencies should be included.

“Our job is to figure out what is a facility and do we need a separate arts and culture function?” said Macnabb.

It’s not known how long the review will take, but it’s anticipated it will be significantly shorter than the discussions that shifted management of parks.

“There is a willingness among all of the participants to come to a resolution,” said Macnabb.