Rutland Centennial Park Open House

Frank Pohland, of CTQ Consultants, shows Rutland residents Mike Koutsantinis and Joe Iafrancesco details of a master plan drawn up for Rutland Centennial Park by the city Wednesday.  The city recently acquired the park and plans to improve it with facilities such as a grass soccer field, lit basketball court, gardens, trails and a stage. The first phase will cost $400,000 and include the soccer field. But several of those on hand at the open house were upset with the plan saying it did not include what they felt was promised. Both Iafrancesco and long-time area resident Al Horning said they believed an all-weather turf field was going in. But the city’s Terry Barton said that was never envisioned because of cost and the fact it is a community park not a sports facility. Others questioned the timing of the multi-year, multi-phase improvement plan, saying they did not want to see it stretched out over many years.      Kelowna Capital News