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Plan finished for future upgrades to Cawston’s Kobau Park

The park’s current 30-year land tenure agreement is expiring and up for renewal in 2026
The current draft plan and layout for Kobau Park’s future. The park land’s tenure agreement with the province is up for renewal in 2026. (RDOS)

With a firm plan now complete for Kobau Park, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is preparing to apply to renew the lease for the land.

The Kobau Park concept plan is the result of long collaborative work with the community in and around Cawston on the future of the space.

The final plan was built based on two in-person information sessions held in 2022 at the Similkameen Rec Centre and the Cawston Community Hall, feedback gathered online through the RDOS’ Regional Connections website, and collaboration with community recreation and sports organizations.

“The RDOS thanks those who participated in the Kobau Park Concept Plan, contributing to the collective vision for a remarkable park experience,” said George Bush, Electoral Area ‘B’ Director. “Together, we will create a lasting legacy for the enjoyment and benefit of current and future generations.”

With the plan in place, the RDOS will seek to renew the land tenure agreement it has with the provincial government by the time it is set to expire in 2026.

Once the lease is renewed, the RDOS will come back to the community to begin planning and prioritizing initiatives for improving the park based on the plan.

Much of the park’s layout in the finalized plan is set to stay the same, with the baseball diamonds, basketball court and disc golf course listed for resurfacing or other moderate upgrades.

A new multi-use court is proposed as a high-priority future improvement, which would be built for tennis, pickleball and badminton to operate alongside the existing court.

High priorities also include an accessible washroom building, covered picnic shelter, pump track and adventure playground.

After the lease is renewed, the park’s process will involve additional consultation, detailed design, regulatory approvals, and environmental assessments, ensuring the park’s enhancement aligns with the community’s shared vision.

READ MORE: Cawston’s Kobau Park users have until Jan. 25 to provide feedback on future plans

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Brennan Phillips

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Brennan was raised in the Okanagan and is thankful every day that he gets to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Canada.
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