Highlights of January 17 Council meeting

January 17, 2022

Cultural Facilities Master Plan

The Cultural Facilities Master Plan was officially adopted by Council, after being approved in principle in April 2021. The plan looks at how City-owned cultural facilities are used in Kelowna in support of cultural programming, the opportunities and challenges related to City-owned cultural facilities, and what next steps are needed to enhance Kelowna’s cultural space to meet current and future needs. The key recommendations and action items in the plan are about working collaboratively with our community to understand specific needs, support sustainability of those delivering services in our community, strengthen our own processes for investment prioritization, rethink where space can be created, and make meaningful investments in amplifying existing spaces.

Kelowna Community Theatre grant application

Council OK’d an application for a Canada Cultural Spaces Fund Grant to replace dated stage lighting at the Kelowna Community Theatre. If successful, the grant will convert more than 160 lighting fixtures to LED lighting and replace aging fixtures that are unserviceable and failing with new professional theatre grade fixtures.

Parkinson Recreation Centre redevelopment

Council approved the Guiding Principles and Functional Program that will steer the redevelopment of the Parkinson Recreation Centre (PRC). The PRC redevelopment is a Council priority, identified in the 10-year Capital Plan, and is recognized as a unique opportunity for delivering a landmark wellness facility to serve our community for generations. Originally constructed in 1972, the current facility is in poor condition, inefficient and undersized. Proposed new spaces include a competition gym, two recreation gyms, fitness centre, an eight-lane, 25-metre pool, and community rooms. Next steps include design and public engagement.

ICBC funding

The City received more than $296,000 in funding from ICBC through the ICBC Road Improvement Program. The City invests in transportation capital projects to maintain and improve the road network and those that have the potential to improve road safety or reduce collisions are identified by staff and submitted to ICBC for funding.