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Water-park idea floated again for Kamloops

Water-park idea floated again for Kamloops

An unknown Kamloops developer is once again eyeing the Tournament Capital as the site for a “destination water park.”
A 11-hectare, privately developed park, with wave pool and lazy river, is one of several concepts being pitched to the public for the Tournament Capital Ranchlands (TCR) south of the Rayleigh Slo-Pitch Park.
The city has 80 hectares of undeveloped land at the ranch, once a national defence site, and is looking to the public for ideas on what to do with it.
Community planning supervisor Maren Luciani said the city has some ideas already — as well as farmland commitments to the Agricultural Land Commission made when it developed the ball fields in 2007.
The city’s plan so far is to commit just under 30 hectares of the TCR to agricultural production, though Luciani said what that means is “fairly open-ended.”
“We could potentially rent to a private farmer and they could do what they wish with the land,” she said.
“We could have a farm-business incubator program — which was another action item of the agriculture area program — to support new farmers.”
Waterfront portions of the ranch would be developed into picnic areas with trails, and another 14.5 hectares could become the new home of the Kamloops Exhibition Association (KXA).
The KXA has been looking for a new home since 2011, when a financial dispute with its then-landlord the Tk’emlups Indian Band (TIB) led to it losing its convention space.
Luciani said the group hopes to build an equine and exhibition site, but the exact concept will be shaped by public feedback.
The city will also have to work with the TIB, who own two parcels of land at the site.
Nick DeCicco, project supervisor and parks capital planner, said he hopes to see the ranch become a destination for tourists and locals.
“It’s a quick few minutes out of town and then you go to this place that has lots to offer,” he said.
“That’s our goal, just to have it as a destination point.”
While the city would have to build trails and do some work at the site, DeCicco said much of what’s under consideration could be funded by private groups.
“We have the land — and there’s a lot of value on that much property,” he said.
“That’s something we can negotiate with the proponents. We can say we’ve got a chunk of property here but you need to facilitate the other part of that, the building and all those components.”
Luciani said the city hopes to present a plan to city council this fall, which will then go to the Agricultural Land Commission for approval.
A decision from that body could take anywhere from three to eight months.

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9 comments

  1. I thought this was a great idea from the beginning and was disappointed when the water park didn’t go in. Kamloops is losing a massive amount of potential business to Vernon’s Atlantis waterslides. It would be an excellent draw for tourism, especially with the KXA next door.

  2. A waterpark is long overdue in Kamloops! Hope it happens soon.

  3. Cedrics can never die!

    But if people want to invest, I say go ahead. Kamloops needs a nice tourist spot.

  4. Private development paying rent to the city. An area for farming and picnics. Sounds good to me.

  5. Sounds Real Nice , Sure Would Like To See Some Kind Of Bike Path Connect From The Halston Bridge : )

  6. The only thing I care about when it comes to this or any development is that it is 100% funded by private investors. Absolutely no money from any level of government.

  7. we need a facility like vernons BUT location location location is what makes or breaks these remember the one at the game farm this needs to be between riverside and pioneer or on the reserve indian point lots of access lots of parking why 10 or 15 minutes out of town doomed to die

  8. A little far away, closer to town and easily accessible. unless going to run shuttles every hour.

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