City of Penticton planning manager Blake Laven provides information about the proposed concepts for developing the Robinson Property to a resident on March 9. The six-acre park currently houses the Seniors’ Drop-In Centre, pickleball courts and more. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News Staff)

More pickleball courts, Penticton seniors’ centre expansion shown in draft plan

The City of Penticton has prepared a draft of the Robinson property master plan

More pickleball courts, room to expand the Penticton Seniors’ Drop-In Centre and more parking are some of the items on the draft master plan for the property surrounding the centre.

The City of Penticton has prepared a draft of the Robinson property master plan to be shown to the public at two open houses. The first is on May 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. and the second on June 1, during the 25th anniversary celebration of the centre, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

READ MORE: Penticton Seniors’ Drop-In Centre celebrating 25 years

“This plan aims to build on the tradition of the site as a recreation hub for seniors while enhancing the natural setting of the park,” said Len Robson, manager of public works, in a news release. “We’re looking forward to hearing if we have hit the right balance.”

The draft plan consolidates the feedback collected from 153 residents on three preliminary concepts shared in March. Some of the key features of the consolidated draft include: room to expand the Penticton Seniors’ Drop-in Centre pending necessary approvals, four more pickleball courts as approved by council in 2015 (bringing the total to eight), a feature sculpture and new park sign, a natural area with shaded seating and a community garden, protection of the trees in the arboretum, a walking path with outdoor fitness equipment, reconfiguration of the entrance and expansion of the parking area to add 50 parking stalls and continued support for the bocce ball and horseshoe enthusiasts

READ MORE: Penticton seeking feedback on concepts for Robinson property

The next step is to share this draft of the plan with the community before reviewing it with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee for a recommendation and then council for approval.

“We want to check in with the community to ensure that the draft we are putting forward to the parks committee and council accurately reflects what we heard from the public,” said Robson. “We also want to thank the members of the clubs on the site and the residents and businesses in the surrounding area for participating in this process.”

The results of the feedback from the engagement activities in March as well as a copy of the draft plan are now available on www.shapeyourcitypenticton.ca.

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