What does the future hold for Canoe Beach and Klahani parks?
That will be the focus for the company chosen in a request for proposals issued by the City of Salmon Arm. The city is advertising for a qualified consulting team to create a plan for both parks.
In 2012, the city’s Parks & Recreation Master Plan recommended that a Canoe Beach Park Plan be created to include opportunities for expansion, with public safety and improving access the top priorities.
The Canoe Beach plan recommended would include considerations such as: potential redevelopment of rental lots on the west end; boat launch improvements; parking; feasibility of dredging or a breakwater to facilitate boating and swimming; playground equipment upgrades; floating diving docks in the swimming area; and beach accessibility in terms of the railway crossing.
As for Klahani Park, the Master Plan recommends the plan address: expansion and upgrading of the playground; a multifunctional sport court for pickleball, basketball, hockey and tennis; a plan for installation of a new four-ball-diamond tournament complex; replacement of existing washrooms and concession; consideration of additional amenities such as an amphitheatre, outdoor stages, temporary camping/recreational vehicle area, an off- road bike skills park with easy to moderation zones; and a link to the South Canoe Trail System.
The city has budgeted $40,000 for the two plans. The proposals must be received by Oct. 1 and a contract is expected to be awarded on Oct. 13.