New trail to expand access at Shannon Lake Regional Park
Contributed/Regional District Central Okanagan
May 21, 2015 - 11:38 AM
Construction of a new accessible trail is anticipated this summer in Shannon Lake Regional Park.
The trail is possible thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund which helps thousands of Canadians to eliminate barriers and gain better access to facilities in their communities.
The new paved trail will improve access to the park for visitors in wheelchairs from the Shannon Lake Road parking area to a new floating fishing dock on Shannon Lake. It substantially upgrades the existing gravel trail that leads to the washroom building in the park and will see a new paved trail from the washrooms to the shoreline dock.
The Regional District is contributing $15,700 towards the improvements to the park and the trail project.
Over the next few weeks, it’s also anticipated that the new accessible floating dock will be installed. The T-shaped structure will extend approximately 48-feet into Shannon Lake with safety handrails along the main span ending with a six foot wide and 32-foot long fishing platform across the end. The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC in partnership with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and their funding partner, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation are proudly donating the $15,000 structure. New Wave Docks Ltd. and the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association will install the dock and a transition ramp from the shoreline.
For more information about Regional Parks and programs visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parks.
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