Plan needed for aging facilities
While the proposed track and field complex is a worthy addition to the community, there are other sporting facility issues that must be considered as well.
First is the state of the Civic and Priest Valley arenas. The lifespan of both, particularly the Civic, is nearing its useful end.
Priest Valley, with its single row of seating, is an embarrassment. Is there a plan in place to deal with replacing these aging facilities, and if so, what is it?
Next is the pool. With its well documented issues, it too has seen its time come. The above question applies here as well.
This is why the formation of the North Okanagan Sports Society could not come at a better time, albeit a little late.
Before a referendum should be held pertaining to the track and field, a plan needs to be put in place to deal with all of Vernon's aging facilities.
Yes, this is going to cost a significant amount of money, but the time has come to pay the piper after years of sweeping the facilities issue under the rug. I'm willing to pay my share.
And the location? Kin Race Track.
It's time to put the ponies out to pasture. Having a complete recreation complex here makes sense for a host of reasons.
After looking all over British Columbia, we chose to move here.
But the harsh reality is that Vernon's sporting facilities are a sad state of affairs. It's time to get on with it.