Okanagan Lake access

A proposal to update a plan on public access to Okanagan Lake has Vernon city councillor Catherine Lord shaking her head.

During a council meeting Monday, Lord pointed to a 2005 environmental consultants' report that identified 43 public access road rights of way. It outlined proposed improvements to the lake accesses and the disposal of some sites. Thirty-three of the accesses were recommended for retention based on their existing value.

“Eleven years later we've disposed of two, and only four have we done anything on,” said Lord. “We spent really good money to get this (report) done.”

The four lake access sites that have been improved upon include; Whitepoint Road, Foster Road turnaround, Kennedy Lane and Site No. 1 located next to 9048 Tronson Road.

Two more sites have been budgeted for at Delcliffe Road and Beachcomber Bay Road.

“Why not take a look and come back with a couple of recommendations for some of the accesses that have been identified and go 'OK, let's do those first,'” said Lord, following the meeting.

Lord said $50,000 set aside in the budget was a “limited amount” and would be best spent fixing up an access rather than updating a plan.


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