River launch upgraded

$25,496 for a hand launch upgrade for tubers at Belvidere Park and $1,200 for a wheelchair accessible pathway

It’s going to be easier to access part of the Shuswap River.

The Enderby and District Services Commission has approved $25,496 for a hand launch upgrade for tubers at Belvidere Park and $1,200 for a wheelchair accessible pathway.

“I see that as a positive for the community,” said director Roxanne Davyduke.

“That area is very popular and it’s not very obvious where the safe area is at this point. We want to protect the environment and provide safety to people.”

The hand launch upgrade will include five concrete steps that are 12 metres long and 1.2 metres wide.

A consultant recommended using the existing location of the hand launch, which is next to the viewing platform.

“It is located adjacent to deep water which assists in minimizing erosion potential and does not retain pronounced aquatic vegetation growth,” said Kurt Inglis, the City of Enderby’s assistant corporate officer, in a report.

“It avoids potential downstream safety hazards, such as bridge pilings, through fast-moving water which propels users into the river’s main stem.”

The wheelchair pathway will curve from the upper section of the launch area to the lower portion through a switchback.

However, the work won’t be done before the 2015 tubing season.

“It should be noted that given the timeline associated with preparing and evaluating a request for proposals, coupled with Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ narrow window for when in-stream work is permitted, a realistic expectation for the implementation of a hand launch upgrade is 2016,”  said Inglis.