Work starts on Lumby park projects

Community Development Minister Bill Bennett will take part in a ground-breaking ceremony

Two long-anticipated recreational facilities in Lumby are moving ahead.

Community Development Minister Bill Bennett will take part in a ground-breaking ceremony for the spray park and outdoor fitness equipment Wednesday.

“The work will get underway soon for the fitness equipment,” said Tannis Nelson, with the Regional District of North Okanagan.

“The majority of the work will be done in the spring for the spray park and it will be ready for next season.”

The total budget for the spray park and adult fitness equipment is $453,322, with $348,258 coming from the provincial government.

There is also $30,000 from the Lumby Lions and $30,000 from the Teddy’s Devils and Martin’s Angels ball teams. Local taxpayers are contributing $57,064.

Budget process begins

The White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee has started developing its 2013 financial plan.

“We are looking for a very conservative budget,” said Rick Fairbairn, chairperson.

While a figure has not been determined yet, Fairbairn anticipates any possible budget increase will be linked to the cost of living.

He points out that while there is a need to maintain facilities, the ability of residents to pay taxes must also be considered.

“These are tough economic times and we’re still scratching our way out of it.”

Arena upgrades completed

Major improvements have been completed to the Pat Duke Arena and Lumby Curling Club.

New condensers and dehumidifiers have been installed in both facilities.

“The work is all done and final inspection will be within the next couple of weeks,” said Tannis Nelson, community development co-ordinator with the Regional District of North Okanagan.