Casino project holds open house

The public got their first chance to see the plans and have their say in the $25-million project to relocate the Gateway Casino.

Gateway Casino's executive general manager Jerry Pokorny

The public got their first chance to see the plans and have their say in the $25-million project to relocate the Gateway Casino.

The open house at the Seniors’ Drop-in Centre on Nov. 30 was the first of three open houses with the next sessions taking place Dec. 1 and Dec. 8.

Gateway staff were on hand to guide members of the public through the plans for the 45,000-square foot entertainment complex called Cascades Casino Penticton, which will be located adjacent to the South Okanagan Entertainment Centre.

Parking was a theme when it came to public input.

Ron Hyndman and his wife came out because they were concerned about parking, especially relating to the Penticton Curling Club.

“Parking overall there is the concern,” Hyndman, a curling club member, said. “(My question) was sort of answered because they said they are proposing to possibly make an entrance, if the curling club wants it, on the west side.”

“As long as there’s a door there and it’s accessible it’s fine,” Hyndman said.

Leon Rumpf, president of the Vintage Car Club of the South Okanagan who host their swap meet annually at the Penticton Curling Club parking lot, came to the open house to find out what would happen with the event, currently scheduled for April 30, 2016.

“We were concerned about how this building’s construction is going to affect our operation there for the weekend,” Rumpf said.

“We know where they are going to put the building now and we know there is going to be access for us. It’s just a matter that there is always a problem with parking at these events. We are just going to have to live with it and get through it while they are doing the construction anyways,” Rumpf said.

“We kind of live from year to year. We’ll get through this year and see what happens.”

Public consultation, whether in person or online through the City of Penticton’s website, is an important part of any major project in a community, according to Tanya Gabara, director of public relations for Gateway.

“I think it’s really important to introduce the project to the community and find out any feedback or concerns they have to having the gaming relocated,” Gabara said.

“This is our first open house, so it’s the first time we’ve been able to present it this way. Through the forum and through the city we have started to have some feedback. Generally it has been positive, there are always some questions when you introduce a new project no matter what it is,” Gabara said.

The next open house will take place Dec. 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and again from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ramada Inn.

Just Posted

Yellow Vest movement rallied in Vernon Saturday

Protesters took to the steps of the Vernon courthouse Saturday.

Column: Star Gazing: Binoculars for Christmas

Looking for a Christmas gift for your astronomer?

Christmas wish for Mirielle: love and carpets

Mirielle was born with misshapen back legs and after a tough life on the streets, is looking for a forever home.

Student view: Penticton senior dishes on high school life

Kevin Styba-Nelson is a Grade 12 student at Princess Margaret Secondary School

Vegan chocolatiers set up shop in Penticton

Celine Nativel and David Mullner, of Maison Mulnati French Vegan Chocolates, discuss their craft

Yellow Vest movement rallied in Vernon Saturday

Protesters took to the steps of the Vernon courthouse Saturday.

Boeser has 2 points as Canucks ground Flyers 5-1

WATCH: Vancouver has little trouble with slumping Philly side

Shuswap tennis club’s indoor facility construction moving at a smooth clip

Volunteer support has been crucial, opening expected in April 2019.

Yellow Vest movement rallied in Vernon Saturday

Protesters took to the steps of the Vernon courthouse Saturday.

Man dies after falling from B.C. bridge

Intoxicated man climbed railing, lost his balance and fell into the water below

B.C. animation team the ‘heart’ of new ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

The animators, largely based in Vancouver, ultimately came up with a creative technique that is drawing praise

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

Most Read