Have you been to Pass Creek Park lately? If not, you are due for a pleasant surprise. Pass Creek Park is 85 acres of charm, variety and utility.
Pass Creek Park came into existence during the 1960's .It was initiated by the Town of Castlegar and originally run by a local board, but in 1971 was transferred to the Regional District Central Kootenay. In 1972, the towns of Castlegar and Kinnaird joined in the purchase of 34 acres of land to bring the area to its present 85 acres. Management was assigned to the Regional Recreation Commission and development of the ball field and playground plus beach upgrading commenced. In 1983 the park expanded to include camping facilities and walking trails. Further upgrading was restricted by financial limitations until 1992 when taxation funding was secured, which allowed for a maintenance system to be developed. Despite a constant financial struggle, the park has been a well used multi-purpose park, offering camping, swimming, picknicking, beaching and ball sports. It has been a major venue for Sunfest, Robson Firefighters' competitions and the Kiwanis Duck Race.
Then what happened? The Selkirk Lions Club, in February of 1994, joined with the Regional District to plan the Pass Creek Redevelopment Project. The time-frame for the project was established as six years, from 1994 to 2000. An extensive long range plan was created, leading to the greatly enhanced park of today with more to come before the plan is completed.
The first major improvement was a new water system, installed by the Lion's Club in 1994. Now big things could happen! Two of the old pools were filled in 1995 and a soccer and field hockey pitch created in time for the 1996 BC Summer Games. Many hours of work went into cleaning the beach area of the first pool and bringing in new sand. The pool was filled with clean water. The playground was upgraded and new equipment installed. Well constructed covered tables helped turn the park into an excellent site for family gatherings such as reunions, weddings etc. During 1995 the local Slo'Pitch Association upgraded the ball field, thus improving and expanding the Association's tournament facilities.
The big project for 1996 is the new changeroom/washroom and concession building presently underway. It will be handicap accessible, have hot and cold water, touch showers, toilets, sinks; a covered deck with the concession. This facility will be ready for use in 1998, thanks to fundraisong done by the Lions and financial help from the Castlegar-Robson Legion, BC Hydro, and Pope and Talbot. The contract for park caretaker was let to Dan Hague in 1996. Dan is one of the many Lions who definitely went after a lion's share of volunteer work. The Lions' 1997 plan also includes trying to obtain a Bailley bridge to connect the east and west sides of the park. What a great idea!
The bridge will connect with the big things happening on the west side of the park. Another group of enthusiastic and dauntless volunteers set out to accomplish the impossible with tremendous success. The Pass Creek Regional Exhibition Society was formed in 1994. Grand plans and schemes were laid for fall fairs and horse shows. Onlookers blinked as acres many folks never realized existed were cleared and a show ring became visible in the summer of 1995. The berm of trees around the perimeter of the ring and the fairgrounds was carefully retained as only necessary cutting was done. The 1996 project s included installing electricity and 32 box stalls for the horses, both of which have been successfully completed, thanks in part to the BC Summer Games Legacy Fund.
The long-term goal of the Society is to have a multi-purpose facility for use of all age groups , eventually including a hall, paved parking lot and agriplex. The pavement will be used for skateboarding and outdoor basketball for young people. Pass Creek Park has had a busy and exciting season as a popular community facility embracing numerous functions and uses. Groups hosted include seniors , schools, playschools, Society for Community Living, various staff picnics, AAmeetings, a variety of family events from very large to individuals taking the kids for a swim. It is the venue for many events throughout the year including the Recreation Commission Summer Schools, Sunfest, Robson Fire Dept. Competitions, Winter Carnival, Fall Fair, organized sports such as soccer, field hockey and slo'pitch.
Theirs and all of ours!
Join the people who enjoy the Pass Creek Park experience!
Walk the CPR trainbridge,a local Heritage Site, built in1902, still in service. Go past Leo's to 9th Ave., turn left toward the river and follow the path. Once over, follow the road to Robson Access Rd. and cross over to the park.
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