March 19, 2013 - 11:51 AM
By Shannon Quesnel
Penticton's Okanagan Lake waterfront will start its $2.1 million facelift today.
Sidewalk and beach access will be limited and drivers will have signage and barriers to contend with. Workers will be making preparations in advance for more invasive construction later this April.
Street lights will be removed in the next two days to be replaced by LED lighting and specific trees will also be removed this week. The City of Penticton will replace every single tree removed plus 20 more on the West Okanagan Lake waterfront and 20 additional trees at the proposed Marina Way Outlook east of the art gallery.
There will be a public meeting in April to explain the construction project. Details will be published. As construction moves ahead, regular project updates will be provided at www.penticton.ca/waterfront.
Access to the beach, water and picnic tables will be made easier for those with mobility problems. There will also be more disabled parking spots.
The walkway by The Peach will be widened and a boardwalk over the the water will reconnect the existing walkway will be built.
Power Street will get some development as well. Its walkway will be improved and picnic tables could be added at a later date.
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City of Penticton workers remove signs from street lights alongside the Okanagan Lake waterfront today. These lights will be replaced entirely with LED versions.
(SHANNON QUESNEL /InfoTel Multimedia)
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