An artist’s rendering of the front view of the new picnic shelter planned for Blackburn Park. (City of Salmon Arm image)

Another community group chips in big chunk for gazebo in Blackburn Park

Salmar Community Association tells city council it will contribute $25,000 to construction expenses

The new gazebo going up at Blackburn Park will stand strong on a foundation of community support.

On Thursday morning, Aug. 1, at a special meeting of council, city politicians expressed their gratitude for the Salmar Community Association, which sent a letter stating it will be contributing $25,000 to cover any unforeseen construction costs on the project.

The project began with an approximate $100,000 price tag, to which the Salmon Arm Rotary Club contributed $50,000.

At the city’s July 8 meeting, city staff explained that because it’s a public structure, the city had to apply for a building permit. A structural engineer, in conjunction with a geotechnical engineering report, concluded that more heavy-duty footings were needed to meet regulations. That meant additional costs.

At that meeting, council approved the use of an additional $25,000, if needed, from a Blackburn Park reserve fund. So if all the extra money is required, the total cost of the project would be $125,000. From that, a total of $75,000 would be coming from the two community groups, leaving the city with a $50,000 bill.

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Coun. Kevin Flynn expressed his thanks to the Salmar association for stepping up and supporting the community initiative.

Mayor Alan Harrison also expressed his appreciation.

“They see this a good opportunity to be involved in a quality project. We really appreciate the Salmar association stepping forward.”


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