Land-clearing and construction of a community park to be located next to Blackpool Hall is now underway.
“It’s been in the works for five-plus years now,” said Tim Pennell, Thompson-Nicola Regional District director for Wells Gray Country (Area A).
At present, the only community park in Blackpool is at the end of Ferry Road and it is more of a boat launch than anything else, he noted.
Preparation for the new park began several years ago when the land was subdivided off from the property that the Blackpool firehall is situated on.
About $100,000 is available for development from the taxpayers of the TNRD, while Wells Gray Community Forest is contributing another $25,000.
Transmountain pipeline runs through the proposed park, and Kinder Morgan is helping out with equipment time plus $1,000 in cash.
Developing a design has already cost $17,000. A community meeting held some time ago approved the layout concept.