From left: Coun. Richard Barkwill of Summerland, Coun. Tim Lezard and Coun. Clint Gabriel of the Penticton Indian Band, MLA Dan Ashton, MP Dan Albas, Dave Hellard of True Consulting and Summerland Mayor Toni Boot show a portion of the lakeside pathway in Summerland. The pathway was damaged by flooding in 2017 and 2018. It has now been repaired. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

From left: Coun. Richard Barkwill of Summerland, Coun. Tim Lezard and Coun. Clint Gabriel of the Penticton Indian Band, MLA Dan Ashton, MP Dan Albas, Dave Hellard of True Consulting and Summerland Mayor Toni Boot show a portion of the lakeside pathway in Summerland. The pathway was damaged by flooding in 2017 and 2018. It has now been repaired. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

YEAR IN REVIEW: Summerland pathway repaired following flood damages

Flooding in 2017 and 2018 destroyed path along Okanagan Lake

A lakeshore pathway in Summerland, damaged by previous spring floods, was finally repaired and reopened in the summer of 2021.

Severe floods in 2017 and 2018 had destroyed portions of the pathway at Peach Orchard Park and Rotary Beach.

Funding for the repair work came from the Disaster Financial Assistance program. The municipality of Summerland contributed to the project for additional upgrades and improvements.

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The cost of this work was $540,000, with the municipality contributing $271,323 and the remainder coming through the Disaster Financial Assistance Program.

“We are pleased that the repairs have been completed before summer, in time for the full use and enjoyment of the pathway by Summerland residents and visitors to our town. We thank our residents for their patience as our crews and contractors worked to finalize the repairs,” said Mayor Toni Boot.

Tim Lezard, a councillor with the Penticton Indian Band, said the pathway will allow people to enjoy Summerland’s waterfront.

“Our people have been enjoying this place for many generations. The land is meant to be enjoyed by all people,” he said at the reopening of the pathway.

Work on the pathway began in 2020, but because of high water levels that year, the work was suspended and carried forward until this year.

In addition, areas of the pathway affected by tree roots were also repaired. A root barrier was alsoinstalled near the new pathway to increase the life span of the path.

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