There will be no last-minute additions to Greater Vernon’s sports facility.
Suggestions have surfaced about possibly linking the facility at Okanagan College, which is under construction, to the City of Vernon’s treated effluent system for irrigation. However, that won’t happen.
“If you want to build this thing,don’t add things to the mix or you will create a mess,” said director Jim Garlick.
“We’re under budget at this time and we want to be at that stage because the finishing stages, landscaping and the building, are expensive items.”
The budget for the facility is $7.5 million and extending the treated effluent line to the site would cost an additional $130,000.
“We’re not growing hay or corn. You’d put it in at a high cost,” said Garlick.
Treated waste water was considered by the committee overseeing construction, but it was shelved because domestic drinking water will be present.
“We will need potable water for the long-jump, steeplechase and other events that require water,” said Keith Pinkoski, Greater Vernon Advisory Committee parks planner.
Director Bob Spiers doesn’t believe using treated waste water would reduce the facility’s overall operating expenses.
“The operating cost will be $40,000 a year (plus $11,000 for artificial turf maintenance) and water will be about $500 to $1,000,” he said.
The civil tender for construction of the sports complex closed Thursday, and it’s expected that work will take until the end of September.
Track surfacing will occur in July and August and support buildings will take shape between June and December.
“It’s going to be a very busy site when everything is moving around,” said Pinkoski.
Construction should be completed by Dec. 30, with the facility open to members of the public some time in spring 2015.