A trail in Summerland, damaged in the flooding of 2017 and 2018, remains closed. There are concerns about disrupting wildlife in the area, especially birds. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland creekside trail still closed

Nesting birds slowing repairs of trail damaged in 2018

A creekside trail in Summerland, damaged during the flooding of 2018, remains closed to the public.

The Eneas Creek trail is parallel to Peach Orchard Road and during the worst of the flooding, it was closed to the public.

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Work had begun on the repair following the end of the flooding, but was later halted due to issues with nesting birds. Further approvals from the Water Sustainability Act will be required before the work can be completed.

Graham Statt, chief administrative officer at the municipality, said he has received numerous calls from members of the community, disappointed that the repairs have not yet been completed. However, approval from the province is required.

Summerland mayor Toni Boot said the trail is important since it allows people to be out in nature.

“One of the beauties of that creek and that walk is you’re almost in another world,” she said. “We are respecting the senior government and we are respecting the nature that’s there.”

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