Sports park officially opens

For a schedule of events for the Saturday celebrations, go to

Greater Vernon’s newest recreational amenity is being launched in style.

There will be day-long festivities at the Greater Vernon Athletics Park, next to Okanagan College, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“This will be an exciting event, and a great opportunity for the community to come out, tour their new facility and see it in action”, said Bob Fleming, Greater Vernon Advisory Committee director.

The official opening ceremony is scheduled for 11:50 a.m.

Among the daytime activities will be a workout with Iron Heart Gym from 9 to 9:30 a.m., a throwing football game from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Special Olympics soccer drills from 2 to 3 p.m. and flag football and ultimate frisbee from 5 to 6 p.m.

The event will also feature tours, food concessions, entertainment and information booths for sports and community organizations.

In the evening, there will be a Magnums football game at 6:40 p.m., an Okanagan Gymnasts demonstration at 7:15 p.m., a lacrosse game at 7:30 p.m., the Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band at 8 p.m. and a soccer game at 8:15 p.m.

“A lot of work and planning went into this park, and this event will be a great way to celebrate it with the community,” said Rick Fairbairn, Regional District of North Okanagan chairperson.

Greater Vernon taxpayers borrowed the funds to construct the facility, and the provincial government has provided $50,000 for the shower/washroom building.

“This facility will meet the needs of the community now, and well into the future,” said Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA.

“I am really looking forward to the grand opening, and seeing the community enjoy it.”

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