March 23, 2016 - 4:30 PM
KELOWNA - Kelowna Mountain says it plans to open to a paying public this May long weekend, but a long line of creditors in court and perhaps even local government may have something to say about that.
The resort’s website says the 2016 season opening is May 21, 2016 for $24.95 per adult day pass, but the “agri-park vineyards & bridges” still doesn’t have a business licence, according to the Central Okanagan Regional District, hasn’t submitted a development plan and its first real court date to face one among numerous lawsuits from creditors is due this spring.
Kelowna Mountain is the brainchild of Mark Consiglio, who owns several large parcels of land in South Kelowna. He’s built a chairlift, a welcome centre, several suspension bridges and an amphitheatre in the area known now as Kelowna Mountain. In December 2013 he said he wanted to build a $100 million wine park.
This winter, one or more of the suspension bridges was damaged and it's not clear if it's been repaired.
The Kelowna Mountain Facebook page says it is not accepting wedding, concert or convention location reservations “due to a business licence modification.”
“Kelowna Mountain will … be open weekends only and holiday Mondays until summer,” it says. “The park will be open 7 days a week during the busy summer season and close for the season on Labour Day Weekend. The park will also allow you to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverage this year. We hope to extend the season length in the near future. Thank you for your understanding.”
According to a January 29 foreclosure order Consiglio owes roughly $15 million to investors and has been ordered to sell six residential properties in Upper Mission and two more in West Kelowna.
Messages left for both Mark and his wife Nicola Consiglio were not returned.
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