Dave Matser former city facilties foreman talks to a small group of people during a tour of Memorial Arena. Mark Brett/Western News

Arena Task Force looking to engage public

Special information session planned for July 12 council meeting

The Arena Task Force is organizing a special information session for Penticton city council on July 12 and the community is encouraged to attend.

“We would like to give Council plenty of time to review the information before they are asked to make a decision on the recommendation later this month,” said Stewart Ladyman, chair of the Arena Task Force.

The meeting will run between 3 and 5 p.m.in council chambers and will follow the standard format for council meetings. City staff and Arena Task Force representatives will present the study findings and then answer questions from council and the community.

Residents who are unable to attend in person can watch the live video stream and post questions at shapeyourcitypenticton.ca/arenataskforce.

Work on the recommendation for the task force is starting today at their regular meeting at city hall at 6 p.m. This is the first of two meetings the task force is planning to develop a recommendation. The second is planned for July 17 at the same time. The community is welcome to observe these committee meetings.

“We are very grateful for the work of the task force and their efforts to engage the community in the development of a recommendation,” said Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. “I hope everyone will take advantage of the opportunities they are providing.”

The Arena Task Force will also be at the Community Market on July 15 and 22 before sharing their recommendation with council at a special meeting on July 25.

All of the studies and updates from the Arena Task Force are available at shapeyourcitypenticton.ca/arenataskforce.