Active lifestyle on track with new trail

A new recreational asset is moving ahead for Enderby residents

A new recreational asset is moving ahead for Enderby residents.

City council has approved a $43,500 contract for the Shuswap trail Alliance to install a multi-use trail and beautify the retention pond at M.V. Beattie Elementary School.

“It’s really important for the whole community,” said Coun. Beryl Ludwig. “With the trail, we want to make sure people are more active and perhaps leave their vehicles at home.”

The project is largely a result of residents of the Skyline Ridge area expressing concerns about the industrial look of the retention pond.

“Particular issues raised by the residents included the high fences, the vast expense of exposed rock and insect populations,” said Kurt Inglis, assistant corporate officer, in a memo to council.

“It was determined that beautifying the wetland through plantings and screenings was a strategy that could help resolve some of the concerns of the Skyline Ridge residents while at the same time transforming the retention pond into a pseudo-wetland which could become a community amenity.”

Construction starting is subject to the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District approving the conceptual design.