Director pursues trail support

Plans underway for proposed trail from Okanagan College to the Lake Country border

A politician has done his part  for other communities and now he is looking for some return in kind.

Bob Fleming, BX-Swan Lake director, is urging other Regional District of North Okanagan members to provide funds for his proposed trail from Okanagan College to the Lake Country border.

“Here is an opportunity for anyone interested in this to contribute,” he said.

“Area B community works (gas tax) funds have been directed to all kinds of projects like the Shuswap River watershed sustainability plan.”

Fleming also provided gas tax funds to Coldstream for development of a bike path on Kidston Road.

The cost of the 14-kilometre project is $200,000 to $350,000 and presently, BX-Swan Lake is the leading funding source.

Fleming says there are broad benefits for the entire region as the route will be used by local residents and attract tourists to take in the views of Kalamalka Lake.

While no jurisdictions have committed funding for construction yet, the trail, once completed, will be maintained by the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee, which includes Vernon, Coldstream and the two electoral areas.

“We will be making sure the garbage is picked up and the trail is safe. Maintenance should be minimal,” said Fleming.