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Noise levels in focus

A group proposing an outdoor amphitheatre at Okanagan College's Vernon campus is interviewing consulting firms with expertise in acoustics.

“They perform on-site tests and do computer modeling to see what the profile is of the sound distribution,” said Diane Bond, managing director of the Okanagan Summer Festival and spokesperson for the project. “They then make recommendations.”

A public meeting at Okanagan College in December raised concerns about sound levels in surrounding neighbourhoods.

As well, a Coldstream couple opposed to the project circulated an email asking the college not to permit or support activities “that introduce such long-term adverse affects into our pristine area.”

Further public meetings will take place, possibly in March, although no dates have been set, said Bond.

While no firm projections have been made, planners estimate an amphitheatre, set in a coulee and with a view of Kalamalka Lake, would cost $5 million to $10 million to develop and accommodate up to 5,500 people.

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