In response to a request for Riverside Park to be designated a heritage site, the city is reiterating Riverside Park is already protected.
“In our operations, it’s designated as a city park,” City of Kamloops community and protective services director Byron McCorkell told KTW.
“It doesn’t really need to have a heritage designation, per say. It is already a preserved area.”
Friends of Riverside Park, the group that essentially prevented a parkade from being built in the Lorne Street parking lot adjacent to the park in 2011, has reorganized around efforts to prevent another park-related development: a proposed public market in that parking lot.
Asked what could be done to prevent the project, aside from the requested heritage designation, McCorkell clarified the public market proposal is not slated for the park, but rather the parking lot.
“If this group wants to designate as a heritage site a parking lot, that’s a different conversation,” he said.
Kamloops Public Market Co-operative envisions a year-round public market in the parking lot in front of Heritage House, with no parking stalls expected to be impacted as a result of underground parking built into the proposed facility.
A year-round, 35,000-
square-foot indoor market would include 20 day stalls, 15 permanent tenants and space for events and entertainment.
A seasonal farmers’ market outside would have space for 100 vendor stalls.
For more information, go online to kamloopspublicmarket.org.