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Track to open in September

A grand opening for the Greater Vernon Athletics Park will be held Sept. 26, and officials are looking for people who want to be part of the ceremony.

The full day of activities will feature demonstrations and use of the park, including the track and artificial turf field and the throwing and jumping areas. Information booths and entertainment will also be part of the grand opening, and the public will be invited to tour the facilities, participate in activities and learn about or register for recreational activities and organizations.

Planning for the opening is underway, and organizers invite sport, recreation, non‐profit and music, dance or cheer squads to be part of the day’s festivities by submitting an application by Sept. 1. There is no fee to participate. Application forms are available online.

Food vendors, sponsors and event-day volunteers are also invited to complete the online application form. In addition to sponsorship opportunities, businesses are invited to pre‐register their mascot for a mascot race, to be held prior to the official ceremonies.

“The grand opening will be an excellent opportunity for the community to come and see the potential of this first‐class facility. We plan to showcase the variety of uses for the park, such as a walking track, practice facility, organized games, championship matches and even special community events,” said Bob Fleming, a Regional District of North Okanagan director.

A soft opening of the track and artificial field is anticipated later this month, and will give the public an opportunity to come “try the track” prior to the official opening.

The field is located next to the Kalamalka campus of Okanagan College, on College Way.

The facility cost $7.5 million.

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