Rail Trail gets interpretive

The Okanagan Rail Trail is set to unveil three interpretive projects.

The interpretive areas will encompass each of the three governing regions currently involved in the trail.

The fourth, the Okanagan Indian Band remains on hold, pending completion of the federally administered Addition to Reserve process.

Sustainability co-ordinator Michelle Kam, representing the Interjurisdictional Development Team, told Kelowna city council Monday construction of the three interpretive areas are expected to be complete in the fall.

According to Kam, the interpretive areas will be located at kilometre 3.7 in the North Okanagan Regional District, Ribblesworth Falls at the 23 kilometre mark in Lake Country and at Carney Pond near UBCO at kilometre 40 in Kelowna.

Preliminary work is expected to begin soon.

Other interpretive areas are expected to be added in the coming years.

The team also unveiled its event guidelines, branding and logo construction.

Kam said they wanted to ensure a balanced approach to the trail, providing recreational, commuting and residential enjoyment.

To that end, she says even during public events, the trail must remain open to the public.

She added cross-jurisdictional events for 100 or more people will not be considered in July or August.

The logo, Kam says, encapsulates the many benefits and experiences the trail has to offer.

She said it's shaped like an 'O' representing the Okanagan and the oval train track.

"There's graphic elements in a cohesive way to signify the connection of communities, environment, history, heritage and the future of the Okanagan Rail Trail," said Kam.

"Inspired by traditional Sylix pictographs. You can see the grizzly claws along the trail. Rail ties that represent the history of the railway."

Council gave the measures its enthusiastic support.

"This whole exercise over the last few years, I'm continually overimpressed," said Coun. Luke Stack.

"Every time I hear about the rail trail, I'm so impressed with how much progress has been made...and it's always better than I expected. You continually beat the objectives you set.

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