Fund­ing sought for Lake Coun­try cul­tural cen­tre

The Daily Courier - - CITY - By DAILY COURIER STAFF

A pro­posed $4 mil­lion cul­tural cen­tre would be a part­ner­ship be­tween the town of Lake Coun­try and the Okana­gan In­dian Band.

Plans call for the cen­tre to be built at the site of the old Woods­dale pack­ing­house site in Lake Coun­try.

Ad­vo­cates say it would “cre­ate an ac­ces­si­ble and in­clu­sive place where Okana­gan Peo­ple and Lake Coun­try cit­i­zens will be drawn to­gether for shared ac­tiv­i­ties in cul­ture, recre­ation, and na­ture”, ac­cord­ing to a re­port go­ing Tues­day to town coun­cil.

Four ten­nis courts were built at the old pack­ing­house site in 2010, and the pro­posed cul­tural cen­tre is said to rep­re­sent the next phase of re­de­vel­op­ment at the site.

Arche­o­log­i­cal work al­ready done in the area shows it was a sea­son­ally-used site where Indige­nous peo­ple made tools and col­lected and pro­cessed food, reads part of a staff re­port to town coun­cil.

As well as the pro­posed cul­tural cen­tre, the com­plex would have in­ter­pre­ta­tive trails and board­walks through a nearby wet­land, class­rooms, view­ing pav­il­ions, and pub­lic art.

The site’s prox­im­ity to the new Okana­gan Rail Trail is also an ad­van­tage, sup­port­ers say.

Ad­vo­cates hope to re­ceive 73 per cent of the es­ti­mated $4 mil­lion pro­ject cost from a fed­eral and provin­cial in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment fund.

Coun­cil is ex­pected Tues­day to for­mally en­dorse plans for a fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion.

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