The future is in your hands

The first of three community open houses in Feb. on the future of recreation in the Greater Vernon area is set for Wednesday evening. 

The public is urged to come engage and offer input on what will be the eventual Recreation Master Plan for the Greater Vernon area including the City of Vernon, the District of Coldstream, and Areas B (Swan Lake) & C (BX).  

"The 'Master Plan' will be used by the Greater Vernon municipalities as decisions are made about recreation facilities, active lifestyle opportunities, and recreation services over the next fifteen years," as it was posted on the City of Vernon website.

Public engagement sessions started in mid-January and over the next several weeks the public will have numerous opportunities to be involved in the engagement process. “We have already talked with hundreds of people and want to talk with hundreds more”, said Doug Ross Director, Recreation Services.  "The public’s involvement and feedback in the plan is vital." 

Consultants will be meeting with key stakeholder groups and recreation ambassadors will be hosting interactive opportunities for the general public to provide input on the plan including a graffiti wall, favourite recreation activities panel and a recreation sitemap. 

  • Wednesday, February 7th at the Coldstream Elementary School Gym from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, February 13th at the BX Elementary School Gym from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 
  • Saturday, February 17th from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Village Green Mall.

People attending the open houses will be able to enter to win one of three $50 Rec Bucks gift certificates.  

Rec Bucks can be used for any Greater Vernon Recreation program or service.  

The public can visit www.gvrec.ca/recmasterplan  to find out more and to start providing feedback.

A more extensive survey will be coming out in late February or early March and the public is being encouraged to fill out the survey and provide feedback.

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