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West Bench tennis courts closed for upgrades

From Justin at the RDOS:

Just a heads up the tennis courts at Mariposa are closed until next week. The closure is to accommodate the installation of the new tennis and basketball nets. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you receive any call feel free to forward them to me.

 

Justin Shuttleworth ● Parks & Facilities Coordinator

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9

p. 250.490.4136 ● tf. 1.877.610.3737 ● f. 250.492.0063

www.rdos.bc.ca ● jshuttleworth@rdos.bc.ca

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Washroom for Selby Park

As discussed previously, the Area F Parks Commission put money in the 2015 budget for a washroom in Selby Park.  It makes little sense to have a park in a rural setting without a few basic amenities.  We believe the washroom (and water bottle fill station) will be well received by the young families, horse riders, and mountain bikers who routinely use the park.

One decision we did make earlier in the year was to go for a fully serviced toilet and sink rather than an outhouse.  Outhouses are cheaper but, let's face it: they are disgusting.

Update 13 Nov 2015:

I received the following update from Mark Woods, the RDOS Community Services Manager:

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Cyclocross near Selby Park on Sunday, October 11

There will be a cycling event in and around Selby Park on Sunday, October 11:

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DetailsVortex in the Vines is PACA's annual cyclocross race and race #3 in the Interior Cross cyclocross series. This year we have an all new course at Selby Park and the Prowse vineyard on Penticton's scenic West Bench. The course will feature the return of the vortex and a loop through the vineyard.

Nice to see our park and the RDOS-owned property adjacent to the West Bench water tower used for this event.  But if you are in the habit of taking a Sunday stroll in this area you should keep your head up!

 

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Gate at south end of riding ring

I received the following update from Sue Gibbons:

Please find attached photo of the gate that we installed this weekend at the south end of the riding ring. Thank you so much to Stu Kulak who did most of the work, had all the right tools and made sure it was stronger than Fort Knox!!! The addition of the gate at the south end is to encourage riders to use the road up to the ring (not ride through the park), and they now have options of entering the ring from the south end or riding through the trees to the north gate. More raking and leveling at the south end gate is probably still required, so maybe someone else can pitch in to assist.

The Area F Parks Commission has helped in the past fund some of the upgrades to the riding ring.  It is gratifying when the users of the facility invest their own time and energy into this unique neighborhood asset.

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Mariposa Easter Egg Hunt

An Easter egg hunt has been held in Mariposa Park since the mid-2000s.  The hunts were originally organized by Lisa MacDonald with help and contributions from many others.  As Lisa's kids have outgrown this, we have sought other ways to keep it going.

In 2015 Heather Allen, chair and long-time member of Area F Parks Commission, sought to establish the Mariposa Easter Egg Hunt as an on-going project for Leadership students at Pen-Hi.  It was, by all accounts a huge success.

 

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Bud Butler Equistrian Arena

Rules for West Bench Riding Ring Users

The West Bench riding ring is a community facility owned by the RDOS, but maintained primarily by those who use it.  The following is for the guidance of the latter group in particular to spread the responsibility for keeping the ring in good condition and to avoid irritation and unpleasantness among users.

While the ring is a community facility, it was not built for all possible horse activities.  The surface is not suitable for activities such as barrel racing or ones involving moves such as sliding stops, and using it in these ways will do serious damage to the surface, especially the quite expensive material along the boards and out for about six feet (see below ** for description of this material).

Please do not ride or walk your horse across the park grass.  Go up the road at the south end and either enter their or take the path through the trees to the north entrance. 

2015 Selby Park upgrades

The Area 'F' Parks Commission has prioritized some kind of bathroom and a water station (for drinking, filling water bottles, etc.) for Selby Park.  This could be an outhouse (pictured) or something more elaborate with its own flush toilets.  Of course, flush toilets require a septic fields and a septic field is more money.

This is early stage. More information about costs and alternatives will be posted as it becomes available. At this point we are looking for thoughts or ideas on this. 

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Riding ring signage

The sign for the Bud Butler Equestrian Area (at the west end of Selby Park) was installed today. It was donated by Structurlam.

The purpose of the sign is to draw residents' attention to the fact that we have a very nice public riding ring in Selby Park.  Horse owners on the West Bench make frequent use of the facility.

As for the history, Sue Gibbons contributed the following:

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