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Park sale shot down

The proposed sale of the Rutland Centennial Park to the City of Kelowna was shot down Thursday, after it failed to get the required number of votes.

A 75 per cent majority was needed to approve the sale, but only 62 per cent of the Rutland Park Society voted in favour of the proposal.

“We are disappointed that not all of the society members shared the same vision or understand the value in working together for improving the historic Rutland Centennial Hall, the park and access to the Town Centre,” said Mayor Walter Gray.

“This was a good solution as it provided a partnership model by breathing new life into these aging amenities so they could be better utilized by residents now and into the future.”

Under an earlier Memorandum of Understanding signed by the society last year, the City would have acquired a road-right-of-way with the purchase of the park and the proceeds of $800,000 would be reinvested into the Rutland Centennial Hall to bring it to current building code requirements.

The City would have also allocated an additional $400,000 to rejuvenate the park to municipal standards next spring.

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