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Lake Country taking control of Pelmewash Parkway

A stretch for the Pelmewash Parkway is pictured in this pictured in this photo posted to Facebook by the District of Lake Country.
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July 18, 2017 - 2:45 PM

KELOWNA - After years of negotiations, an agreement transferring the ownership of Pelmewash Parkway from the province to Lake Country has been signed.

The District of Lake Country will own the seven kilometre stretch of road along Wood Lake that used to be Highway 97 before the realignment project.

A concept plan for the parkway was endorsed by council in November 2013, according to a District of Lake Country media release. The transfer will officially happen in 2018

“Council and staff have been working for quite a while to secure access to this corridor along Wood Lake and we are pleased that an agreement has now been signed and we can move on with the detail design phase,” chief adminstrative officer Alberto De Feo says in the release. “The Pelmewash Parkway amenity will be a very good complement to the section of Okanagan Rail Trail corridor through our community.”

The name Pelmewash Parkway was chosen by the District of Lake Country council members in 2012 from a list of 160 possible names. Pelmewash was the original name for Wood Lake.

Increasing public access to the waterfront and parkland was found to be one of the highest community issues, with 84.4 per cent of respondents advocating for it in an official community plan survey, the District says.

“The initial work will involve roadway resurfacing and active transportation initiatives as the first phase of a multi-year project,” strategic and support services manager Matt Vader says in the release.

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