Paving stone silent auction to support local health care

Your summer backyard project could very well help local patient health care.

Paving stones salvaged from the Rotary Park walkway project will be sold to the highest bidder in a two-week silent auction, and funds raised will support the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation as it embarks on its fundraising campaign for the Penticton Regional Hospital Patient Care Tower expansion project. 

“Waterfront Revitalization is designed to inject energy and create a positive impact along Okanagan Lake. Salvaging and selling Okanagan Lake paving stones mean the project's ripple effects will continue throughout Penticton,” said Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. “The paver sale is an affordable opportunity for residents to revitalize their own backyards, and funds will go to a great cause as well.”

Between May 25 and June 5, people can stop in at the City Yards office (616 Okanagan Ave. East) between 7:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday and submit a bid on a variety of “paver packages,” ranging from one pallet to five pallets.

There are 103 pallets of paving stones available, with approximately 280 bricks per pallet or approximately 75 square feet. Paving stones will be sold as-is, where is, with no exceptions or substitutions. The reserve bid per pallet will be $75. Bids close at noon on Friday, June 5. All proceeds will go to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation.

“We truly appreciate the City's support for our fundraising campaign – the most ambitious in our history,” said Janice Perrino, Executive Director of the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation. “The Foundation must raise $20 million to cover the cost of all of the medical equipment in the new tower.”

Construction of the $325-million PRH project is expected to begin in the early spring of 2016 and be completed by late 2019. The new tower will include 84 new single-bed rooms, new ambulatory care clinics, more operating rooms, and the UBC Faculty of Medicine program. The existing Emergency Department will be expanded by almost four times its current size.

The Rotary Park walkway project involves removing old paving stones and replacing them with a wider, smoother path to improve accessibility of the popular trail for all waterfront users. The project continues walkway work started in 2013 along Lakeshore Drive, which built a 3-metre (10-foot) wide concrete walkway with energy-efficient lighting, seating and landscaping. A new patterned concrete Peach Plaza area, signage and amenities will also be added. Concepts were developed after public consultation was held in 2014.

Crews are in the final weeks of construction around Rotary Park, and are on schedule to complete by the target date of June 12.