The provincial government and the municipality will contribute $500

The provincial government and the municipality will contribute $500

Funding presented for trail project

Construction on the first segment of the Summerland Lakeshore Pathway will begin next summer.

  • Jul. 4, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Construction on the first segment of the Summerland Lakeshore Pathway will begin next summer, now that the province and the municipality have contributed a total of $500,000 for the work.

The funding announcement was made on Thursday afternoon at Lakeshore Drive, near Highway 97.

Under the agreement, the province is contributing $420,00, while the municipality is contributing $80,000.

The trail segment is just over one kilometre in length. It will run parallel to Highway 97 along the lake between Lakeshore Drive and Illahie Beach.

“We’re very excited about the Summerland Lakeshore Pathway,” said Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure for the province. “We’re very committed to investing in community trails.”

He said the trail is the first part of a much longer trail network, eventually extending to Penticton.

Mayor Janice Perrino said the proposed trail concept was first suggested six years ago.

She said members of council did not expect the province would provide this amount of funding.

“We never dreamed the provincial government would come forward,” she said. “We thought we’d have to fundraise for the whole thing ourselves. When we got the support handed to us, we couldn’t turn it down.”

The municipality’s portion of the money will come from a trails reserve fund.

In addition to the $80,000 contribution for the construction, the municipality had earlier contributed $20,000 for the design concept for the trail.

Dan Ashton, MLA for the riding of Penticton, said the trail will be part of a much longer system, benefitting the entire region.

“Very soon this trail will be a link to the whole Okanagan,” he said.

Construction will begin in the spring of 2015, with the work to be completed by the end of the summer, Stone said.

“This trail can be build with minimal disruption,” he said. “It should be a straightforward project.”

Connie Denesiuk, chair of the Trail of the Okanagans committee, said the trail segment is an important step in creating the proposed trail.

“This represents a significant step forward in the vision of a multi-purpose trail that goes from Osoyoos to Summerland and eventually beyond,” she said.

 

She added that the work done by the municipality and the province, especially Ashton’s support of the project, is appreciated.

 

 

Just Posted

The Eyes of the Tigers on the 2021 Beer Rune on June 19. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Penticton Beer Runners take trip around local beaches and brews

Over 160 people signed up to come back after the 2020 run was cancelled

There was high voter turnout for the first of three advance voting days for the Penticton city by-election.
Penticton city by-election general voting day is today, June 19

737 voters on June 9 in comparison to 2018 general election, which had 1,001 on first day

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 Penticton-area men charged with Kamloops brothers’ double homicide

Brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May in Naramata

(File photo)
Penticton not holding Canada Day activities out of respect for Indigenous people

Cities across B.C. are cancelling the holiday after an increased spotlight on Canada’s dark history

Fruit farmers in the Okanagan and Creston valleys are in desperate need of cherry harvesters amid COVID-19 work shortages. (Photo: Unsplash/Abigail Miller)
‘Desperate’ need for workers at Okanagan cherry farms

Fruit farmers are worried they’ll have to abandon crops due to COVID-19 work shortages

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed Eli Beauregard facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

Starting in 2022, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District is extending dog control to the entire Electoral Area D. (Stock photo)
Dog control bylaw passes in Shuswap area despite ‘threatening’ emails

CSRD board extending full dog control in Electoral Area D starting next year

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Most Read