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New path in Kaleden

Dignitaries and community members gathered in a Kaleden front yard on Friday, for an important announcement regarding a new pedestrian pathway.

The pathway, next to Lakehill Road, is a joint project of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen.

"When you look down Lakehill Road and see the general hazards you can see the importance and value to the community a trail like this would have," said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone.  "It encourages healthy living, is good for the environment and gets more people out of cars, right here in the epicentre of BC's wine region."

The two kilometre paved pathway will run from Highway 97 to Ponderosa Avenue at the former Kaleden Hotel next to Skaha Lake. It will be designed to provide a safe walking and cycling path between the highway and the lower Kaleden lakeshore, with its recreational amenities and access to the KVR Trail.

The $500,000 project budget will be a 50/50 cost share between the ministry and regional district.

The Kaleden residents, who joined MLA for Boundary Similkameen Linda Larson, Stone and RDOS Area D director Tom Siddon at the scene Friday, said they were thrilled to see it actually happening.

Stanley Ross, whose home the announcement was made at, said he doesn't mind losing some of the grass in his front yard for the important project.

"I think it's great for the families who are walking up and down, cyclists and just for people in general," he said.

Kim Denis, the resident who started petitioning for the path back in 2012, said it was fantastic to see it come to fruition.

"Our road is unsafe for pedestrians, so this is the right time for this," she said.

Construction on the project will start later this summer, with completion expected in late fall.

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