Trail project cost estimated at $500,000

Some information presented by Mr. Bergeron in his letter to the editor regarding the lakeside pathway project in Summerland is incorrect.

Dear Editor:

Readers may be interested to know that some information presented by Mr. Bergeron in his letter to the editor (Jan. 29) regarding the lakeside pathway project in Summerland is incorrect.

Mr. Bergeron stated that the Province of B.C.’s share of the project cost is $650,000 and Summerland’s share is $450,000.

In fact, the total project cost is estimated at $500,000.

Last summer, the province announced it would contribute $420,000 and the District of Summerland $80,000. (Previously, the District of Summerland contributed $20,000 for a design concept.)

The Summerland Rotary Club and Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society have also generously contributed financial and other resources.

Mr. Bergeron asks why we now need to acquire lakeshore land for $1 million.

Fortunately, there are no costs to acquire any land, as the land required is owned by the Province of B.C.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will manage trail construction.

When opened this spring, the 1.3-kilometre trail between Summerland Beach RV Park and Lakeshore Drive along Highway 97 will mark the completion of a key phase of the lakeside trail.

Cyclists and walkers can look forward to terrific views and a safe, paved pathway accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

Our Trail of the Okanagans Committee forecasts substantial and long-term health, recreational and economic benefits to the B.C. Interior as this exciting project moves forward to eventually link with other communities.

Connie Denesiuk, chair

Trail of the Okanagans Committee

 

Summerland