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Lakefront facelift planned

The RDOS is hoping to make major upgrades to a stretch of the Skaha Lake waterfront in Kaleden.

Regional district staff will be applying to the province for a license to occupy the land between Pioneer Park and Kaleden Hotel Park. 

The 30-year license would give the RDOS control over 54 vacant land parcels on Ponderosa Avenue, which they plan to enhance for public park use. 

In a report to the board of directors, CAO Bill Newell said the Crown land parcels haven't received proper maintenance and that they've degraded over time.

"Some current issues include abandoned watercraft, invasive vegetation and illegal encroachment for exclusive use on the crown land," Newell said.

A report done by a consultant in 2016 said "the shoreline ecosystem is at risk" without local oversight.

The RDOS currently owns and operates the two parks situated on either end of the vacant Crown land. 

With that in mind, Newell pointed out the land acquisitions is a chance to "enhance existing parks and trails assets, by providing a cohesive public waterfront recreation area in Kaleden."

If approved for a license, the RDOS would be able to begin maintenance work on the shoreline area soon after. 

Other top priorities will be improving the adjacent section of the KVR trail, as well as improving the parking lot at the Kaleden Hotel Park and adding general park amenities such as trees and picnic tables.

Board members will vote on Thursday whether or not to support staff's license application to the province.

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