What has become a growing summer tradition will be even bigger next year — its organizers receiving a 50-percent increase in funding received from the Town of Osoyoos.
Osoyoos Council approved the $15,000 funding request from organizers of the popular Music in the Park concert series.
The summer event runs Friday evenings between late-June and early September and brings regional and national talent to the downtown Gyro Park amphitheatre.
“Music in the Park is organized by three volunteers — called the Three Amigos — and has received funding from town Resort Municipality Initiative program for four years,” explained Gerald Davis, the Town’s Director of Community Services. “This funding also supports the Piano in the Park program.”
Council heard the Amigos — Janis St. Louis, Roland Berg and Debbie Dundass — and a supporting crew last year delivered about 575 volunteer hours to make the event happen.
The increased funding — from $10,000 in 2018 — will enable the organizers to bring more four- and five-piece entertainment groups to town.
The funding increase appeared to be an easy decision for Council.
“We’ve watched this program grow and build and seen attendance double and triple over the last few years,” said Coun. Mike Campol. “It’s a lot of work to put these together and find the right talent and make sure it’s successful. A ton of volunteer work goes into this and we’re very, very appreciative.”