Grand Forks City Council, staff preparing for Canada Rocks Fest – Boundary Creek Times

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City Hall is gearing up to host this summer’s outdoor music festival, Canada Rock Fest (CRF).

A Monday, March 7, city council resolution laid the groundwork for a temporary use permit allowing event organizer Chuck Varibioff to host the festival on his city property. The same resolution grants CRF exclusive use of James Donaldson and Dick Bartlett parks for parking tents and motorhomes during the festival.

Appearing before the full committee via Zoom, Varibioff said the CRF had outgrown the James Donaldson Park ball diamond, the sight of many past festivals.

“We want to use the ballpark, if possible, for the tents. Just camping and nothing else. There would be no vehicles and no spikes would be driven into the field,” he said.

Holding the festival on its own property behind the Silver Kettle nursing home would allow more time for set-up and tear-down and give more space to ticket holders who preferred to maintain social distancing.

Com. Everett Baker asked if Varibioff had spoken to Silver Kettle management.

“I know that us seniors love to rock as much as the young ones, but I’m concerned about the senior citizens residents there,” Baker said.

Varibioff said he had Silver Kettle’s blessing. A resident would probably complain about the noise, “but this resident complains about everything,” he added.

Danna O’Donnell, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary’s Zone D manager, warned Varibioff that tents should be pitched in the ground, even if they were on an irrigated playground. Both agreed that city staff could use spray paint to mark underground irrigation and power lines, saving them from spikes.

The board passed its resolution unanimously at its regular in-house meeting.


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