ROTHENBURGER: What’s the next big edifice for the Tournament Capital?

BRICKS AND MORTAR, I’ve always maintained, are important because buildings are where we gather, where we heal, and where we work and play.

So what’s the next big bricks and mortar project Kamloops should take on?

City councillors have an itch to spend a lot of money on “visible” and “bold” edifices. The recent $15.7-million provincial grant seems to have inspired them to press forward with a multi-year plan to build things. “Build Kamloops” it’s called.

Anxious to identify some quick wins, council members decided to spend $5 million of the windfall on the Summit pedestrian-cycle overpass (the folly of which I’ve already discussed) and another $5.4 million on an outdoor sheet of skating ice at Riverside Park.

Neither of those things is likely on the Top 10 list of what Kamloopsians yearn for.

Another million will go towards planning for future major amenities, and the rest will be put in the bank as seed money.

So what is it that the denizens of the Tournament Capital really, really want?


Mel Rothenburger is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a recipient of the Jack Webster Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. He has served as mayor of Kamloops, school board chair and TNRD director, and is a retired newspaper editor.  He can be reached at

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1 Comment on ROTHENBURGER: What’s the next big edifice for the Tournament Capital?

  1. The City is falling behind in many areas and they can’t even properly maintain what we have already and you want another grandiose civic building? Hello…

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