The city’s sustainability services staff are moving into a building in Riverside Park to increase visibility and better engage with the public.
Five full-time city staff and five seasonal members, including the EcoSmart team, previously operated out of the city’s civic operations building on Concordia Way west of TRU.
On Monday, staff moved into Cunliffe House, a city-owned building formerly occupied by the Sports Council at the southeastern corner of Riverside Park on Lorne Street, across the street from Sandman Centre.
“It’s pretty exciting for us,” city sustainability services manager Glen Cheetham told KTW.
Cheetham said the plan is to create over time a demonstration house, taking advantage of park foot traffic to showcase sustainability initiatives and promote it among residents.
For example, the property could contain xeriscaping with drought-friendly plants, rain-water harvesting via rain barrels and potentially even solar energy.
Cheetham likened it to the BCIT Afresh Home, a project on the Burnaby campus that demonstrates innovation in sustainable housing.
“It’s taken some time to get this move happening, so we have some great ideas and we’re going to need to sort out some funding and develop the program, but there will definitely be something starting in the spring, summer,” Cheetham said.
The Kamloops Sports Council has moved into space previously occupied by the Bread Garden restaurant on McArthur Island. That building, at 1500 Island Parkway, is also home to the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association.
Meanwhile, the office space formerly home to the sustainability team in the city’s civic operations building on Concordia Way will be used to move some people around in that building after the city’s department restructuring last year.
“There’s definitely people upon people upon people here,” city civic operations director Jen Fretz said.
Cunliffe House will eventually become the Cunliffe House of Sustainaibility. Cheetham said the sustainability staff also participate frequently in events in the park, which will create some efficiencies in preventing travel from Concordia Way.