Stage on wish list

Planning is underway for another year of recreation and park services in Lumby and Cherryville.

Planning is underway for another year of recreation and park services in Lumby and Cherryville.

The White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee had preliminary 2015 budget discussions Tuesday.

“We are putting together a wish list for capital items,” said Rick Fairbairn, WVPRCAC chairperson and rural Lumby director.

Because the budget doesn’t have to be approved until the spring, it hasn’t been determined if a tax increase will be needed.

“It’s way too premature for that but there is the feeling that we will toe the line in terms of expenses,” said Fairbairn.

One project the WVPRCAC continues to investigate is a community stage in Oval Park.

“We want to get community input on use and design. An architect will then come up with a cost,” said Fairbairn.

A request for proposals for the stage will be issued.

“We will see who is interested in being involved,” said Randal Ostafichuk, Lumby director.

“We want to make sure the stage will be functional in the community.”

The Wild Salmon Society has been raising funds towards a stage, but until a firm figure is known, no decision has been made on whether the project will proceed.

It’s believed a stage may help promote community events and tourism-related activities.

“Areas D (rural Lumby) and E (Cherryville) would also benefit from the stage,” said Ostafichuk.