The Kalamalka Lake lookout

The Kalamalka Lake lookout

Rotary embraces Kalamalka Lake lookout

Kalamalka Rotary is ready to roll up its sleeves to spruce up the same-name lookout

A fitting partnership will soon see the Kal Lake Lookout shine once again.

Kalamalka Rotary is ready to roll up its sleeves to spruce up the same-name lookout by committing to clean up weeds that have plagued it.

Rotary’s executive overwhelmingly agreed recently to take on the project, but must first apply through the Adopt A Highway program with the Ministry of Transportation.

“There’s a void there right now with the contract that Highways has in place,” said Brian Reid, Kal Rotary president.

While the existing contractor will continue to look after any vandalism, washrooms and garbage, Rotary would focus on vegetation.

“We’ve got 90 members so we can make it work,” said Reid, who has also applied to the District of Coldstream for a grant in aid to support the work.

Rotary is hoping to begin work in the spring at the latest, but if the ministry application is approved sooner work could begin as early as November. Maintenance would resume three times a year at the site to keep on top of overgrown weeds and invasive species.

“This seemed like a natural extension for our club, as we are supporting the Okanagan Rail Trail at our Dream Auction, and the lookout is a natural location as it overlooks the trial, and does offer a natural method to reach the trail, as per the work done by Bob Fleming, in establishing trails to connect with the Okanagan Rail Trail,” said Reid.