Kal Park trail losing support

Coldstream is backtracking on its support for a new trail in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park.

Coldstream is backtracking on its support for a new trail in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park.

Professional trail builder Cameron Sorensen (also a member of the North Okanagan Cycling Society) is collecting regional support for a new multi-use trail in the Cougar Canyon area of the park.

Called the Eight of Spades, the proposed 23-kilometre trail would loop in a figure eight between the lake and the canyon. It is projected to be built over the next three years at a cost of $185,000. Parking expansion is also in the works.

In a split decision, Coldstream originally agreed to write a letter of support which the builder could use in seeking funding.

“Following that meeting I received a call from Friends of Kal Park notifying that they were not supporting that application,” said Mayor Jim Garlick.

What many would like to see first is an environmental assessment, but Sorensen says he needs support before the assessment.

Funding of upwards of $10,000 is needed to complete the assessment.

“That environmental assessment is kind of the road block right now,” said Sorensen.