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Friends of Kalamalka Lake Park Society oppose right-of-way pitch

The ministry of transportation and infrastructure is no friend of a group whose mandate is to protect a provincial park.

Friends of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park Society has started an online petition opposing the ministry’s application to B.C. Parks to change the park’s boundaries.

The change would allow for a 30-metre-wide right-of-way so safety improvements could be made to Cosens Bay Road.

The ministry notified the society of its intentions in early July, proposing a boundary adjustment that would remove the 30-metres of right-of-way from the park.

“We will be protecting Kal Park and we are definitely against any land being taken out of the park to widen the road and add Hydro,” wrote society president Val Buchanan on its website, www.kalamalkapark.ca.

The website is also where the online petition can be found. As of Tuesday morning, more than 550 signatures had been garnered.

In a press release on its website, the society feels removal of this right of way would remove land from Kal Park and the jurisdiction of B.C. Parks.

“It would essentially divide Kal Park into two sections,” states the release.

In its release, the society raises eight concerns about the ministry application.

They range from saying the removal of land from parks is a step back as people want more parkland, not less, to adding a paved road would be a “death trap for the endangered Pacific rattlesnake,” to adding more vehicles and that taxpayers would foot a large part of the bill.

The society says its primary purpose “is to work to preserve the environmental integrity of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park in perpetuity for the benefit of the general public.”

 

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