Kamloops, BC – The City of Kamloops has finalized an agreement to regain the property at 1500 Island Parkway and will be seeking public input on what to do with the former McArthur Island Golf Course property.
Local developer Bill Bilton has held the property’s lease since 1992 while operating the McArthur Island Golf Course. Declining demand was further complicated by flooding this past spring, and Bilton made the difficult decision to close the course and end his lease with the City.
“I have fully enjoyed my 25 years of developing and operating the McArthur Island Golf Course, however with the recent floods and the growing success of tournaments on the island I made the tough decision not to renew my lease. I fully support the City's vision to bring new recreational opportunities to the Island,” says Bilton.
To determine how to best utilize the 6.04 ha in the future, the City will be seeking public input.
“This prime addition to Kamloops’ award-winning parks spaces is very exciting,” says Jeff Putnam, Parks and Civic Facilities Manager. “It will create many new opportunities for visitors and residents to enjoy McArthur Island Park in the future.”
Opportunities for public input will start this winter and conclude in spring 2018. Until a plan is in place, the former golf course property will be closed to the public for safety reasons and the existing golf course buildings will be used by the Parks Operations Section.
Parks and Civic Facilities Manager