Memorial Arena is almost 60 years old, but it’s still so well used the City is investing in spiffing up its parking lot.
Council voted Tuesday to transfer $185,000 from a green burial project at Hillside Cemetery and adding in $100,000 from the parking areas rehabilitation capital project to cover the cost.
The parking lot improvement has already been put out to tender and the lowest bid came in at $271,000.
“It will be money well spent. The old arena has served us well,” said Coun. Pat Wallace.
Memorial Arena was built in 1947 and is still frequently used for a variety of events. It will be the main entertainment venue for the upcoming Briar, City parks, culture and recreation director Byron McCorkell said.
Green burial is a growing trend in some communities and involves no chemicals or casket, McCorkell explained.
There hasn’t been much demand in Kamloops so far, so he felt the money could be put to use fixing up the Memorial Arena parking lot at this time.
The parking lot upgrades include some reconfiguring that will add nine more stalls to the 24-space lot. The entrance and exit off Lansdowne Street will be leveled and more lights will also be installed.