Oyama plan in play

Plans are in place for a recreational corridor in Oyama, but no cash will be tossed at it immediately

Plans are in place for a recreational corridor in Oyama, but no cash will be tossed at it immediately.

Lake Country council has adopted the Pelmewash Parkway concept plan.

“We want people to recognize that it’s a long-term project,” said Mayor James Baker.

“We don’t have $12 million to build a recreation corridor.”

Pelmewash Parkway is the former highway  along Wood Lake and the goal is to increase public access to the area while protecting the environment.

The road will remain open to two-lane traffic but it will be narrowed to allow for separate bike and walking trails.

Some residents wanted portions of the road closed to traffic, but Coun. Owen Dickie believes that isn’t possible given the local economy.

“We have to consider the needs of agricultural vehicles accessing the packinghouse,” he said.

The plan was developed after considerable consultation with the public.

“The report is quite reflective of the community’s wishes,” said Dickie, adding that there isn’t a specific timeline for the enhancements to be implemented.

“The plan provides us with an opportunity to start allocating money each year so we can start chipping away at it.”