Okanagan Rail Trail users pulling up work zone stakes

Tampering on rail trail

The North Okanagan regional district is busy shoring up parts of the Okanagan Rail Trail – but some people are complicating the task.

A section of the trail along Kalamalka Lake has been closed to allow crews to repair erosion. But trail users are making things difficult by pulling up stakes marking the work areas.

“When it comes to the erosion work on the Okanagan Rail Trail, we want it completed as soon as possible, and we know you do as well. We also want the trail to be protected from erosion, and you want the trail in great shape for many years to come. We are on the same page," the RDNO posted on its Facebook page.

"However, when stakes are removed by passers-by and thrown into ditches or even into the lake, this gets us further away from our shared goal of fully reopening the trail as soon as possible.

“Please do not move the stakes or tamper with any other construction equipment on the trail, as this will delay the full reopening of the trail.”

Ashley Gregerson, with the regional district, said the vandalism will delay the completion of the project as the stakes mark out where work has to be done.

When the stakes are removed they must be re-staked before work can continue.

"Once the work is done, all of the stakes will be removed," said Gregerson.

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