Regional district creates new park along Swan Lake

The 13.43 acres are on the north end of Crane Road off of Meadowlark Road.

Another portion of Greater Vernon’s natural environment has been preserved.

The Regional District of North Okanagan has purchased 13.43 acres along Swan Lake, on the north end of Crane Road off of Meadowlark Road.

“It will be a natural, passive park,” said Tannis Nelson, community development co-ordinator.

It’s not known when public access will occur, but development of the park could start this year, including a trail between Crane and Lochdale roads.

“It’s the only piece of publicly owned land with actual lake access,” said Bob Fleming, BX-Swan Lake director, adding that an ultimate goal is to have a small dock for canoeists.

“I hope there will be interpretive information on the site or a viewing platform for people to see the wildlife.”

The property, which was the site of the CJIB radio tower, has been farmed in the past.

“There’s a lot of weeds on the property so we will try to get it to as natural a state as possible,” said Fleming.

The regional district paid $615,000 for the site.