Okanagan Lake Trail Improvements (Lake Access Site #1)

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Introduction

The City will be making minor improvements to the existing trail leading to Okanagan Lake at 9030 Tronson Road (Lake Access Site #1). The existing trail is in need of repair and additional signage. The plan is to complete this work in fall 2021, subject to environmental permitting and requirements.

Background

Throughout numerous public participation initiatives and consultation for the Official Community Plan, Parks Master Plan and Lake Access Plan, the City has consistently heard that the public would like to see more access to Okanagan Lake. Given that much of Vernon’s lakeshore property is privately owned, Vernon’s lake accesses play an important role in connecting residents, drainage, and wildlife to Okanagan Lake. Unlike parks, lake accesses are public road rights of way that provide access to water bodies, and when used recreationally are intended for short interludes.

One of Council’s 2019-2022 Strategic Plan goals is to develop a minimum of one lake access site per year. To achieve that goal, the City is focusing development of the 15 priority lake access sites listed within the 2018 Lake Access Plan. The Okanagan Lake Trail Improvements are located within Lake Access Site #1, which is one of the top 15 priority locations.

Project Details

This design is intended to be low cost and some measures may be temporary since future development in the area could result in changes to the trail (timeline currently unknown). The existing trail is already being used by the public, and is 700 m long with a 90 m descent from Tronson Road to the lake. Improvements to the trail would include repairing the stairs, installing wayfinding signage, and placing benches at lookout areas. We are planning to install additional signs on Tronson Road to better identify the trailhead since it is not visible from the road.

This trail provides an alternative access to the lake in the area, which would benefit the community given recent confirmation that the Adventure Bay trail to the lake is not currently available to the general public. The City has prepared a high level concept plan (see the link under "Concept Plan").

Construction is planned to be completed by the end of 2021, but the timeline is subject to environmental permitting and requirements. More details on the timing will be provided once they are available.


Feedback

We want to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to look at the high level concept plan and complete the survey below to let use know what you think of this project. Your feedback will be used to inform the final design. Note that some input may not be accommodated based on project constraints (e.g. budget, maintenance, safety, and environmental requirements).

The survey closes on May 31, 2021. You can also ask questions below. If you are unable to complete the survey online and would like to discuss the project, please contact Ellen Croy at 250-550-3676, or ecroy@vernon.ca.

Introduction

The City will be making minor improvements to the existing trail leading to Okanagan Lake at 9030 Tronson Road (Lake Access Site #1). The existing trail is in need of repair and additional signage. The plan is to complete this work in fall 2021, subject to environmental permitting and requirements.

Background

Throughout numerous public participation initiatives and consultation for the Official Community Plan, Parks Master Plan and Lake Access Plan, the City has consistently heard that the public would like to see more access to Okanagan Lake. Given that much of Vernon’s lakeshore property is privately owned, Vernon’s lake accesses play an important role in connecting residents, drainage, and wildlife to Okanagan Lake. Unlike parks, lake accesses are public road rights of way that provide access to water bodies, and when used recreationally are intended for short interludes.

One of Council’s 2019-2022 Strategic Plan goals is to develop a minimum of one lake access site per year. To achieve that goal, the City is focusing development of the 15 priority lake access sites listed within the 2018 Lake Access Plan. The Okanagan Lake Trail Improvements are located within Lake Access Site #1, which is one of the top 15 priority locations.

Project Details

This design is intended to be low cost and some measures may be temporary since future development in the area could result in changes to the trail (timeline currently unknown). The existing trail is already being used by the public, and is 700 m long with a 90 m descent from Tronson Road to the lake. Improvements to the trail would include repairing the stairs, installing wayfinding signage, and placing benches at lookout areas. We are planning to install additional signs on Tronson Road to better identify the trailhead since it is not visible from the road.

This trail provides an alternative access to the lake in the area, which would benefit the community given recent confirmation that the Adventure Bay trail to the lake is not currently available to the general public. The City has prepared a high level concept plan (see the link under "Concept Plan").

Construction is planned to be completed by the end of 2021, but the timeline is subject to environmental permitting and requirements. More details on the timing will be provided once they are available.


Feedback

We want to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to look at the high level concept plan and complete the survey below to let use know what you think of this project. Your feedback will be used to inform the final design. Note that some input may not be accommodated based on project constraints (e.g. budget, maintenance, safety, and environmental requirements).

The survey closes on May 31, 2021. You can also ask questions below. If you are unable to complete the survey online and would like to discuss the project, please contact Ellen Croy at 250-550-3676, or ecroy@vernon.ca.