Community name on track

Greater Vernon Advisory Committee will consider the name Greater Vernon Athletics Park.

Taxpayers are footing the bill so they get naming rights for a new sports facility.

Greater Vernon Advisory Committee staff are recommending Thursday that directors name the track and fields next to the college Greater Vernon Athletics Park.

“Because of the public contribution (borrowing funds), the decision was made to recognize that contribution through a community name,” said Tannis Nelson, community development co-ordinator.

It was decided not to seek a corporate sponsor for the entire facility name, but naming rights are available for the track oval, the fields, the concession and the meeting room.

“You could have ABC Field at the Greater Vernon Athletics Park,” said Nelson.

“We’ve had some interest but there’s nothing solid yet.”

Any revenue from name sponsorship would help cover expenses related to the facility.

The synthetic track surface is currently being installed at the facility and it will be available to the public at the end of July.

Residents will be able to use the facility for free and rental fees will apply when it’s being booked for special events or programs.

A timeline for use of the grass field and the washroom building has not been determined yet.

 

Vernon Morning Star

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