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Vernon opens new lakefront park

Hurlburt Park opens June 28
June 27, 2019 - 6:30 PM

VERNON - Vernon residents wanting to have a refreshing dip this summer, will be able to do so at the city's newest waterfront park.

Eastside Road's Hurlburt Park officially opens tomorrow, June 28, and features plenty of sandy beach on the shores of Okanagan Lake.

The Vernon United Chruch ran the Camp Hurlburt summer camps on the site for around 80-years until selling the land to the North Okanagan Regional District. The land was given to the City from the RDNO in 2018. The site's current municipal evaluation has it valued at $2,245,000.

City of Vernon Parks Planner Susan Abbott said the new park will honour the tradition of the Camp Hurlburt summer camps.

"There's a lot of people in this town that have memories of going there," Abbott said. "We're trying to stay true to those memories."

The new park combined with other public lands along the shore has around 500 metres of waterfront. The park also has parking for 20 vehicles and a single washroom.

Abbott said an area just north of the park has been identified as a critical habit for the Kokanee Salmon which is being naturally re-vegetated. Abbott said panels explaining the ecosystem are due to be installed in the future along with planting native grasses this fall.

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