Funds sought for lookout trail

Pressure is building to extend Greater Vernon’s trail network.

Pressure is building to extend Greater Vernon’s trail network.

The Ribbons of Green Trail Society wants the Regional District of North Okanagan to provide funds for design layout of a path to connect Lakeview Drive in Coldstream to the Kal Lake lookout.

“There is a pathway that is 100 metres long but it’s very steep at this time of the year and you can’t walk it, and in the summer, you can’t bike it,” said Bryn Jones, with the society.

The society would like to see a proper trail developed so people can access the area safely and bicycle or hike to Kekuli Bay.

“It has one of the best views in the North Okanagan,” said Jones.

The District of Coldstream has considered the project before and it’s preliminary cost for construction of a trail ranged from $40,000 to $100,000.

However, the society isn’t convinced that cost is necessary.

“We aren’t asking for a fancy trail, just one that works,” said Jones.

Besides pursuing funds for construction, one of the society’s other challenges has been determining who to deal with — Coldstream or the regional district.

“We have had difficulty with jurisdictions as to who is responsible,” said Dave Smith, with the society.

The request for design funds will be sent to RDNO’s  Greater Vernon Advisory Committee for consideration.

“It would be a plus to have that section connect to other trails but the question is one of cost and how to go about it,” said director Doug Dirk.