Kal Lake trail plan underway

A proposed trail along Kalamalka Lake is in the works.

A proposed trail along Kalamalka Lake is in the works.

The Regional District of the North Okanagan is investigating development of a trail from  Okanagan College to Crystal Waters Road, near Oyama.

“It’s a plan in progress,” said director Bob Fleming, who is promoting the concept.

Fleming would like to see construction start this year, but a price tag has not been finalized yet.

“Because most of the right-of-way is there, it could be a relatively low cost,” he said, adding that it may be possible to access senior government grants.

If the trail proceeds, Fleming envisions it ultimately linking with the old highway along Wood Lake once the new upper level Highway 97 is open.

“It would be a natural connection for a cycling route,” he said.

RDNO working with MP

The Regional District of North Okanagan hopes ongoing political relationships will pay off.

Directors met with Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes recently to discuss possible federal grants.

“If we keep the focal point with Colin Mayes, it will bode well for the area,” said Patrick Nicol, chairperson.

Funding is currently available for a number of initiatives including upgrading cenotaphs.

Art gallery on hold

The Regional District of North Okanagan has clarified its position over a new art gallery in Greater Vernon.

Mike Macnabb, Greater Vernon Advisory Committee chairperson, has met with Vernoon Public Art Gallery representatives.

“I assured them it’s still on the radar of GVAC but we have other issues before us,” said Macnabb.

GVAC decided recently that it won’t consider the possibility of a new art gallery until a review of cultural services is completed.

VPAG had wanted to go to referendum on a $5-million facility this year, but the earliest GVAC may be in a position to start discussing the matter is June.

GVAC has stated it must consider a number of large-ticket items before getting behind a gallery.

During his meeting with VPAG, Macnabb says there was an agreement to improve communications.

“We don’t want it (relationship) to be adversarial,” he said.