Prospera Place is a multi-purpose, professional sports and entertainment facility that’s home to the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. It attracts major entertainers and events to Kelowna, drawing audiences from throughout the southern interior.
The City of Kelowna entered into a public-private partnership with RG Properties in 1998 to build, operate and maintain the facility which includes a single sheet of ice and seating for at least 6,000 for hockey games and 7,500 for entertainment events.
The partnership agreement, the first of its kind in a medium-sized B.C. community, entails RG Properties owning and operating Prospera Place as a private business with an arms-length relationship with the City. The City has 1,500 hours/year of facility time and, in thirty years, the property and facility reverts to the City of Kelowna.
This unique partnership led to changes in the Municipal Act (now known as the Local Government Act). City of Kelowna staff worked doggedly for five years, coming up with new ways to approach old problems and have proven Kelowna has the ability to be innovative and the tenacity to get the job done.
In 2001, the City of Kelowna/Prospera partnership garnered the City an award from the Canadian Council of Public Private Partnerships for innovation.
For more information contact Prospera Place at 250 979-0888.