Park group seeks RDNO help

Friends of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park hope they have allies at the Regional District of North Okanagan

Friends of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park hope they have allies at the Regional District of North Okanagan.

The organization has asked RDNO directors for their support in a debate with the ministry of transportation and infrastructure, who notified the group last July that it was proposing a boundary adjustment for the park.

The adjustment would remove a 30-metre wide right-of-way centred on Cosens Bay Road to improve maintenance and safety for users of the road.

According to group spokesperson Val Buchanan, the ministry website also states the boundary adjustment will “accommodate potential future utilities.”

“We do not want to see the land removed from the park,” said Buchanan in a presentation to RDNO directors. “B.C. Parks and the ministry of transportation could take care of any valid concerns about road safety through a park use permit.”

Buchanan and her group have asked RDNO to write a letter to the ministry, B.C. Parks and the ministry of environment opposing the proposal for a boundary adjustment.

They have also asked RDNO to invite B.C. Parks to make a presentation to the board about the issue.

Buchanan also presented directors with a petition featuring 2,300 signatures from park users opposed to the proposed boundary adjustment.

Directors will consider the Friends Of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park request at its next meeting.

The provincial park officially opened to the public in 1986, and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011.