Work begins on Osoyoos park

The revitalization of Osoyoos Lake regional park is underway. Landscaping and a parking plan will provide upgrades to the area that was granted for the purpose of a public park by the province in 1981.

The revitalization of Osoyoos Lake regional park is underway. Landscaping and a parking plan will provide upgrades to the area that was granted for the purpose of a public park by the province in 1981.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to revitalize the park to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors to the Okanagan,” said Mark Pendergraft, RDOS Area A director.

Phase one of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen project will focus on a plant management strategy that will see landscape improvements by removing invasive plants and trees and replacing them with native plant species to create a natural, self-sustaining environment. Visitors to the park will also have additional parking spaces with a gravel parking surface contained within the park to alleviate the pressure on 45th Street and Lakeshore Drive. Additional improvements include two new picnic tables and trash receptacles.

The regional district is waiting to hear from the province about a licence that would help ensure the safety of the swimming public by allowing them to put buoys on Osoyoos Lake to guide boat traffic.

A Trees for Tomorrow Grant has provided the opportunity to create a landscape plan where non-native plants will be removed during the months of April and May.

For more information on the landscape concept plan and phased parking plan visit www.rdos.bc.ca.