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McArthur Island Golf Course is no more; city regains control of property

As of Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, the City of Kamloops is once again in possession of the property at 1500 Island Parkway that was once home to the McArthur Island Golf Course.

KAMLOOPS - After being closed all summer due to floods and due to the success of tournaments being held at the park, the owner of the McArthur Island Golf Course Bill Bilton has ended his 25-year lease with the city.

"I have fully enjoyed my 25 years of developing and operating the McArthur Island Golf Course," Bilton says in a news release. "However with the recent floods and the growing success of tournaments on the island I made the tough decision not to renew my lease. I fully support the city's vision to bring new recreational opportunities to the city."

The city will now be seeking public input to figure out what will go into the six-hectare plot of land. Parks and Civic Facilities manager Jeff Putnam says the input period will run until spring of 2018.

"This prime addition to Kamloops' award-winning parks spaces is very exciting," Putnam says in the press release. "It will create many new opportunities for visitors and residents to enjoy McArthur Island Park in the future."

Putnam says a possible use of the building that once served as the golf course's clubhouse may be turned into space for city parks staff.

Until a new use for the space has been determined the course will remain closed to the public for safety reasons.

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