Val Janzen (left) and Gloria Larratt test out the new track at the Greater Vernon Athletics Park next to Okanagan College.

Val Janzen (left) and Gloria Larratt test out the new track at the Greater Vernon Athletics Park next to Okanagan College.

Track lighting draws scrutiny

Some residents are questioning the lack of low-level lights at the Greater Vernon Athletics Park.

A politician wants to shed some light on residents out for some exercise.

Director Akbal Mund told the Regional District of North Okanagan board Wednesday that some residents are questioning the lack of low-level lights at the recently opened Greater Vernon Athletics Park.

“As winter rolls around and come 3 p.m., it gets pretty dark,” he said.

RDNO staff believe the current level of lighting is sufficient during evening or early morning hours.

“There are building lights and they shed a lot of light on to the track,” said Keith Pinkoski, parks manager.

The large light towers are only available if an event is booked for the facility and they are only on until 10 p.m.

With the athletics park being new, Pinkoski admits that all aspects of operations will be reviewed, including whether lighting is effective.

“It’s one item we will have to monitor,” he said.

The complex held a soft opening Aug. 28.

“I drive by there every day and people are using the facility,” said director Bob Fleming.

“The facility is open, it’s just the building that’s not open.”

A grand opening ceremony will be held Sept. 26.