Garbage litters the area around the Kalamalka Lake lookout

Garbage litters the area around the Kalamalka Lake lookout

Plans target Kal lookout

Popular tourist spot negatively impacted by trash and graffiti

Improvements are being looked at to spruce up a local tourist attraction – the Kalamalka Lake lookout.

“The lookout is a stopping point for many visitors and guided tours, no matter the season,” said David Facey, director with the Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake (SPrKL).

The site, off of Highway 97, offers vistas of the lake and Monashee range, but is also littered with garbage, graffiti and semi-trailers.

As a result, Facey is working to put some improvements in place.

With the help of Bob Fleming, Area B regional district director, preliminary designs have been drawn up which include:

*Relocating existing curbs to provide a pedestrian accessible area

*Paving stones for walkways

*Concrete picnic tables and benches

*Additional waste and cigarette receptacles

*Decorative landscape rock

*Solar-powered lighting

*Designated auto, RV and tour bus parking areas

*Point of interest signs

“The Vernon area is missing an opportunity to draw attention to one of the region’s premier attractions,” said Facey, in a letter to Coldstream council seeking its support.

A lower plateau, highway signs to direct visitors, signs restricting commercial trucks and washroom facilities would also be a nice addition, says Facey.

Support from local service groups is being sought and Facey is eager to get municipal and provincial approvals for the project.

“I like the idea of improving that with the exception that cars being able to pull up and still have a view is something people like,” said Coldstream Coun. Doug Dirk, as the new design would restrict views from inside vehicles.

Coldstream has asked Facey to make a presentation to council.