Family donates park land in memory of Ken Ritchie

Friday, December 6, 2019

The memory of Ken Ritchie will be honoured by his family’s donation of land along the Eagle River in Malakwa for a public park.

Ritchie Land & Timber Ltd. offered to donate nearly 43 acres of land to the CSRD to be retained as parkland in perpetuity.

The park will be named Ken Ritchie Park, to mark the legacy of the man who operated a lumber mill in Electoral Area E (Rural Sicamous and Malakwa) for many years.

The site is currently land-locked, without a formal public access point, however, it would be an excellent location for a rest stop for paddlers along the Eagle River. There is also value in retaining the area as green space for the future.

“I am excited, really happy about this donation,” says Electoral Area E Director Rhona Martin at the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) Board meeting. “I am happy it will be named after Mr. Ritchie, I remember him very well… I’m also happy to hear the condition that it will never be sold. That was the family’s intention and that is the way it will remain.”

CSRD staff have been given direction to enter into a Park Land Donation Agreement with the land owners which will proceed in 2020. 

There are no immediate plans to develop amenities in the park, but this will be considered as part of parks planning in Electoral Area E in the future.

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