Members of Vernon city council tour an area Foothills residents want officially designated as park.

Members of Vernon city council tour an area Foothills residents want officially designated as park.

Foothills residents push for park

Neighbourhood association takes lobbying efforts to city hall

Lobbying for a new park is underway in one Vernon neighbourhood.

The Ribbons of Green Trail Society and Foothills Community Association recently toured city politicians around a proposed natural area above the Foothills subdivision on Silver Star Road.

“All of the area envisioned as becoming the park is privately owned, and while entirely within the City of Vernon remains designated as regional district non-urban, inherited from when it was incorporated within Vernon,” said Wynn Polnicky, with the Foothills Community Association.

“Since the area is envisioned as being retained in its current state as a park, costs of maintenance would be minimal, hence the only expense of concern would be that of initial acquisition of the land.”

Trails connecting the area to the Grey Canal Trail, below Foothills, and to Silver Star Mountain were also discussed.

Polnicky was pleased with the interest shown by members of Vernon council, as well as city staff who attended the tour.

“The group then took a short walk to view an area of rugged cliffs and old-growth Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine proposed to be retained within the park,” he said.

The Foothills Community Association and Ribbons of Green will present their vision for a park at the next Vernon council meeting Monday at 1:30 p.m. at city hall.