The concept of a performance venue in Coldstream will be before the public again.
The Okanagan Summer Festival Society will hold an information session March 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus to discuss plans for an amphitheatre at the college.
“All regional residents and businesses are invited to participate,” said Diane Bond, society managing director.
In December, an open house was held to reveal the initial concept plan. More recently, a workshop for local agencies and businesses interested in cultural tourism was attended by 15 groups.
At the March 22 meeting, attendees can participate in three discussion groups focusing on the current facility plan and programming ideas, value to the tourism sector and potential impact on the nearby neighbourhood.
Further details can be found at www.kalbowl.ca.
“The society has recently received funding from Enterprising Non-Profits to assist with the development of a business plan for the facility,” said Bond.
“Information gained from the series of meetings will inform the development of a strategic business plan, expected to be completed by the end of 2016. It is necessary to prepare financial projections based on key assumptions about number of events, attendance and costs specific to the Kalamalka Bowl operations.”
Another priority for the society is a study by acoustical engineers in the late spring or summer.
“Onsite testing will be completed under conditions comparable to those expected during events at the facility,” said Bond.
“This data will be used, along with information about the proposed design and topographical features of the site, to create a computer model to predict noise levels outside the site under varying temperature and wind conditions. This model will become the basis of recommendations for the final design and construction budget as well as for the operation of the facility. The pace at which this important work can go forward is dependent on funding availability.”
The society is also seeking volunteers to get involved in the project.