Latest options for Turner Park now on display at community centre

Joanne Layh

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.

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One Comment

  1. Graham Smith
    January 10, 2022 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Dear Editor,

    It was good to see that we are being consulted on future use of Turner Park, but I can’t help feeling we are being offered the choice of spam, spam or spam (with apologies to Monty Python). For, example, all options include a dog park, so in choosing any of the three options, I am automatically voting for a dog park.

    Peachland does need dog parks, for all the reasons put forward by Mayor Fortin, but Turner Park is a poor choice. It is considered bad practice to put a dog park alongside a sports field or playground, for all sorts of health and safely reasons. Indeed, Peachland’s own Parks Bylaws prohibit dogs in a park containing either a playground or sports field. There would be an especial challenge at Turner Park, as proposed, in preventing contaminated water from flowing from the dog park to both the playground and sports field.

    I do concur with Randey Brophey that option 2 offers significant advantages over 1.1 and 1.2, but recommend that the dog park be deleted. Perhaps more pickleball courts, a full size basketball court or Bocce pits could replace it? The dog park could be at the nearby Sanderson Park, per the current district strategy.

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