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Chamber issues statement on Chelsea Estate

VERNON – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce has issued a statement regarding the Chelsea Estate property adjacent to Ellison Provincial Park.
“We are disappointed that BC Parks and local government were not able to form a partnership that would have led to the acquisition of this property for provincial park,” said Krystin Kempton, Greater Vernon Chamber president.
“As a provincial park, this distinct Okanagan habitat would have been preserved, while economic and recreational opportunities would have been created through camping, hiking and mountain biking. However, we understand that acquisition would have been a significant investment for government, particularly at a time when there are many competing financial pressures.
“The Chamber also respects the ability of the seller and purchaser to enter into this transaction,” said Kempton.
The Chamber had advocated for public acquisition of the property to enhance the region’s environment and economy.
The Greater Vernon Chamber will be interested to see what the private owner of Chelsea Estate has planned for the property, and depending on the development approval process with the City of Vernon, there may be potential opportunities for public trail or waterfront access.
Dan Proulx, General Manager    
Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce   
E:  P: 250.545.0771