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Goats Peak officially opens

Miriam Halpenny

UPDATE: 3:20 p.m.

Goats Peak Regional Park is officially open to the public.

Regional Park Services officials held a press conference at the scenic West Kelowna peak to announce the opening, Wednesday.

Located in West Kelowna off Highway 97 and accessed by Seclusion Bay Road, the 52-hectare park will be developed to conserve ecosystems and promote passive recreation.

"It's a magical place to be," said Mayor Gord Milson. "When you hike the trails of this park, you have the most unbelievable views of the lake – there's all kinds of rare and valuable ecosystems that are being conserved."

In addition, visitors will be able to learn about Westbank First Nation history and early pioneer history through educational features that will be included.

"It's a really great opportunity to come together with Westbank First Nation along with Regional Parks in collaborating and getting this open for the public so we can have our culture shared," said WFN Coun. Tom Konek. 

The property was purchased by the Regional Dstrict of Central Okanagan in 2014 for $5 million. 

The park fills a significant gap in the Okanagan Trail 2000 vision for a continuous recreational trail between the Bennett Bridge and Peachland and protects a sizable portion of ecologically significant lands close to existing and potential residential areas.

ORIGINAL: 12:21 p.m.

Regional Parks Services along with other guests is presenting a significant announcement to the public on Goats Peak in West Kelowna.

Guests including West Kelowna Mayor Gord Milsom and Westbank First Nation Chief Roxanne Lindley will be speaking.

Castanet is covering the announcement live from Goats Peak, which will reveal plans to expand public access to the regional park. 

More coming

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