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Owners Parks Willing to Donate Assets to New Vernon, British Columbia: Advocacy Group

In Okanagan's popular real estate market, you rarely hear someone donate your land.

However,Vernon, B.C. An advocacy group called Friends of East Hill Parkssays that if the city agrees to turn the space into a park, that's exactly what the local landowners want to do.

This land is currently used as a hayfield and is located on the corner of the pottery road and 15th Avenue.

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" Regarding parks and recreational opportunities for East Hill residents, "said Ranny Schellenberg, a spokesman for East Hill Parks.

Schellenberg believes that there is currently not enough park space in the East Hill area.

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He hopes that the current owner of the land proposed to the park will remain anonymous for the time being and to book it as a park. He says he bought the land specially.

"Owners are prepared to actually donate their property, provided that the city comes up with a park plan and a reasonable time frame to open the park," Schellenberg said. rice field.

"My message to the city council is that you are looking at the opportunity head-on? Don't blow it away, explore every opportunity."

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Schellenberg said the city has not yet committed.

"One of the main concerns was in the farmland reserve, but there are many parks in the farmland reserve, such as BX Ranch Park, Kecribay State Park, and parts of Calamarca. Yes. State parks. Therefore, it's not uncommon to have parks still in farmland reserves, "Schelenberg said.

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A councilor Vernon said he was interested in the city.

"It's a great opportunity and we're very excited about the council about it," said city councilman Teresa Darning.

However, Mr. Darning said this would take time, as the city would need to do due diligence, especially as the designation of a farmland reserve could limit the way parks are developed. She says.

"Especially in this situation, if you're going to be a city-owned land and enter [ALR}, you can't move forward in a hurry because it's a bit more technical and complicated," Darning said.

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In the process, the Advocacy Group expects feedback from locals about what park amenities they are looking for in East Hill.

A friend of East Hill Park is asking residentsto complete a survey on their website.

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