Public consultation is now underway online and at the community centre for the future development of Turner Park.
In Oct. 2021 the District of Peachland approved a land acquisition to preserve public use of Turner Park. The $3.1 million purchase became official on March 30.
Last September Fiona Barton, a consultant with Outland Design Landscape Architecture (now Ecora), presented a project update to Peachland council that included the results of a citizen survey as well as two unique visions for the park.
Barton presented two options for Turner Park: one that features a regulation size ball diamond and another concept she called “The Commons.”
“The District of Peachland is committed to public engagement on the Turner Park project,” director of corporate services Jennifer Sawatzky told the View. “A stakeholder engagement session was conducted on Dec. 7, 2021 consisting of representatives from sport, business, arts, dog owners, childcare, family services and service groups. This engagement helped inform revised plans for the next step of public engagement.”
In the latest concepts, option one, which focusses on a ball diamond, has been further refined into two sub-options that include a large ball diamond area surrounded by variations for a parking area, a bookable event space, a playground and a dog park.
The second option previously featured a large ‘Commons’ open space, a dog park, a multi-use court, a playground and on-street parking but has been since refined to also provide possibilities for a smaller ball diamond and a soccer field.
The options for Turner Park are currently open to community input and feedback.
The public consultation process is underway now until Jan. 31 with an online survey as well as an un-hosted open house at the community centre, after which council will be presented with the results for final design approval.