Troubled mountain to open

Kelowna Mountain will welcome visitors this summer with barbed wire and guard dogs.

Owner Nicola Consiglio says they are expecting to open the bridges and vineyards July 1.

It’s been turbulent times for Kelowna Mountain with foreclosure proceedings, court battles and vandalism.

“We have made the decision to spend the man power we have on installing 6,000-feet of barbed wire fencing to completely contain the park along with 100 new signs. Guard dogs and 24 hour surveillance will also be added to the Kelowna Mountain security plan,” she said in an email.

The fence installation is reported to be underway as well as repairs to the vine bridge.

Consiglio, who owns Kelowna Mountain with her husband Mark, says the park was set to open for the May long weekend, but the date had to be pushed back as repairs to the property need to be made.

RCMP say they have attended the agri-park several times during March and April for reports of trespassing, mischief and break and enter. Graffiti was also discovered on the property.

Kelowna RCMP Cpl. Tania Carroll says the location is no longer operating or open to the public, and it has been the subject of several complaints.

She said two people were arrested in the area over the weekend and face trespassing charges.

In 2014, Kelowna Mountain opened for just one year to the public after 10 years of problems with zoning and court proceedings with the regional district.

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