The first part of upgrades to the Vernon Recreation Complex is almost done.
It’s anticipated the main entrance to the building will reopen in mid-April, but the work hasn’t stopped people from accessing the pool or other amenities.
“They have done a great job of keeping the facility open,” said Coun. Brian Quiring.
Ceiling work is proceeding and flooring will be installed soon, while the cabinets for the Creekside Energy Bar are being installed.
Once the main entrance is open, phase two of the renovations will begin and the back hallway and west entrance will be closed.
The second phase should be completed in late May.
Airport funding sought
The City of Vernon hopes a grant application for the airport takes flight.
A $592,000 grant is being sought from the B.C. Air Access Program for the overlay of the runway, apron one and taxiway A.
“There is a need to resurface the runway because it has reached the end of its practical service life,” sad Shirley Koenig, director of operations, in a report.
It could take three to six months before the city knows if the application was successful.
“Resurfacing would likely be completed in 2017,” said Koenig.
Nowhere to go
Visiting Polson Park was a challenging situation for some residents over the Easter long weekend.
The public washrooms were not open.
“I have received some complaints,” said Coun. Scott Anderson during Tuesday’s council meeting.
According to staff, the washrooms are open based on the availability of the contractor responsible for the facilities.
“The contract is from April 1 to Oct. 31,” said Shirley Koenig, director of operations.