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More pickleball courts, Penticton, BC, seniors’ centre expansion shown in draft plan

City of Penticton planning manager Blake Laven provides information about the proposed concepts for developing the Robinson Property to a resident on March 9. The six-acre park currently houses the Seniors’ Drop-In Centre, pickleball courts and more. (Jordyn Thomson – Western News Staff)

The City of Penticton has prepared a draft of the Robinson property master plan to be shown to the public at two open houses. The first is on May 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. and the second on June 1, during the 25th anniversary celebration of the centre, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“This plan aims to build on the tradition of the site as a recreation hub for seniors while enhancing the natural setting of the park,” said Len Robson, manager of public works, in a news release. “We’re looking forward to hearing if we have hit the right balance.”

The draft plan consolidates the feedback collected from 153 residents on three preliminary concepts shared in March. Some of the key features of the consolidated draft include: room to expand the Penticton Seniors’ Drop-in Centre pending necessary approvals, four more pickleball courts as approved by council in 2015 (bringing the total to eight), a feature sculpture and new park sign, a natural area with shaded seating and a community garden, protection of the trees in the arboretum, a walking path with outdoor fitness equipment, reconfiguration of the entrance and expansion of the parking area to add 50 parking stalls and continued support for the bocce ball and horseshoe enthusiasts.

“This plan aims to build on the tradition of the site as a recreation hub for seniors while enhancing the natural setting of the park,” said Len Robson, manager of public works, in a news release. “We’re looking forward to hearing if we have hit the right balance.”

The draft plan consolidates the feedback collected from 153 residents on three preliminary concepts shared in March. Some of the key features of the consolidated draft include: room to expand the Penticton Seniors’ Drop-in Centre pending necessary approvals, four more pickleball courts as approved by council in 2015 (bringing the total to eight), a feature sculpture and new park sign, a natural area with shaded seating and a community garden, protection of the trees in the arboretum, a walking path with outdoor fitness equipment, reconfiguration of the entrance and expansion of the parking area to add 50 parking stalls and continued support for the bocce ball and horseshoe enthusiasts

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