Naturalist club wants to turn McArthur Island golf course into outdoor learning space

By Vanessa Ybarra
October 21, 2017 - 10:24am Updated: October 21, 2017 - 10:57am

KAMLOOPS — The Kamloops Naturalist Club wants to turn the McArthur Island golf course into a different kind of 'green.'

Earlier this week the ​course's operator announced he wouldn't be renewing the lease on the property handing it over to the city.

Member Jesse Ritcey says he'd like to see the spot turned into a nature education centre adding it's a prime location for wildlife and nature learning. 

"The slough has salmon in there, it's a riparian cottonwood area, there's a lot lot to explore and learn there," said Ritcey. " It's quite close to the Big Little Science Centre so there's an opportunity for connectivity there so really it couldn't be in a better location, it's in the heart of the city."

Ritcey says the spot would also keep the little ones who aren't playing sports at McArthur Island busy during weekend tournaments.

He adds the club first voiced the idea back in the 1970s.

Williams Lake converted one of its golf courses into an outdoor learning space a few years ago.

The City of Kamloops is seeking public input on what its next use should be

The club is currently seeking input from the school district and public before presenting their idea to council.

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