Summerland trail cost estimate drops

A new cost estimate for a proposed walking and cycling trail between Lowertown and Trout Creek is considerably lower than earlier figures.

A new cost estimate for a proposed walking and cycling trail between Lowertown and Trout Creek is considerably lower than earlier figures quoted for the project.

Earlier, the cost for the lakeside trail was estimated at $850,000.

This cost was for the work involved in preparing and paving the one-kilometre section beside Highway 97.

Since that estimate was made, the Summerland Rotary Club has become involved with the project.

Garry Hollingshead, a member of the club, said he believes the work can be done for $52,000 to $55,000.

Hollingshead’s estimate is for a crushed stone surface rather than a paved surface.

“It’s going to be for walkers and recreational cyclists,” he said.

The trail could be paved in the future.

He added that the trail is important since it would provide a safe way for pedestrians and cyclists to get from Lowertown to Trout Creek and Sunoka Beach.

“I continue to be amazed that several cyclists have not been killed or injured while travelling the shoulders of Highway 97 between Summerland and Penticton during the past 10 years,” he said.

The portion of the highway from Lakeshore Drive to Thornber Street sees much pedestrian and bicycle traffic during the summer months.

Hollingshead added that the project would also be done with volunteer labour.

“Our concept is simply that Rotarians are good at creating trails and that such projects are very good for the club in terms of fellowship and morale,” he said.

“This project will therefore be completed by a group of volunteers as a hands-on project as time and funds for materials permit.”

While Mayor Janice Perrino is pleased to have the Rotary Club’s involvement, she wonders if the cost estimate is too low.

“I think the price is going to be considerably more,” she said, “but at least they’re getting things started.”

She added that the costs will involve other planning and safety measures, as the proposed trail is beside the highway and beside the lake.

“This isn’t just a path through the forest,” she said.