Park closed for launch renos

  • May. 6, 2011 1:00 p.m.

Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour Regional Park in Lake Country will be closed for the replacement of the main boat launch.

From Monday to Saturday, the park on Okanagan Centre Road West will be shut down to boats, vehicles and pedestrians.

“We’ll be removing the existing deteriorating boat launch pads and a very large crane will swing the new concrete pads into place,” said Bruce Smith, with the Central Okanagan Regional District.

“The new pads are slightly wider and longer, which will extend the launch slightly further into Okanagan Lake. As some of this work will also be done in the lake, we’ve received the necessary approvals from the Ministry of Environment and will be taking precautions to protect the water such as installing a silt curtain to contain any sediment that may be disturbed.”

Signs advising of the park closure will be posted on both gates and fencing will be installed to close off the site.

“We’ll also post a sign that can be seen from the water and floating markers will be installed so that boaters won’t enter the harbour while the park is closed,” said Smith.

“Local sports, marine and recreation groups will also be advised of the closure. We anticipate the work will be done and the park will be open again by May 15.”