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March 26, 2021, 8:33 am

Provincial Funding Supports Okanagan-Similkameen KVR Trail Projects

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
PENTICTON - The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has undertaken several initiatives to maintain and enhance sections of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail (KVR). Working with Provincial staff, the RDOS identified a funding opportunity through the Forest Employment Program (FEP) to complete regional trail projects and maintenance.

An estimated $450,000 is supporting work on underfunded or incomplete projects within the RDOS Trails program. The funding covers costs associated with additional staffing, inspections and equipment.

Projects include:
 
  • Bridge decking repairs Faulder and Tulameen
  • Installation of wayfinding and information signs
  • Repairs to the canyon section of the KVR Trail through Faulder (impacted by landslides and erosion)
  • Enhanced maintenance activities on the KVR Trail throughout the region
    Brushing, invasive plant removal, danger tree assessments and removals
  • Installation of accessible picnic tables and a pit toilet at Little Tunnel
  • Rock Scaling at Little Tunnel
  • Drainage and surface improvements from Little Tunnel to Myra Canyon

The RDOS operates and maintains 230 kms of provincially-owned rail trail. The operation relies on local and provincial partnerships, and a primarily seasonal work force supplemented by contractors.

“The Regional District continues to build capacity by accessing various resources,” says RDOS Chair Karla Kozakevich. “During the pandemic, we’ve seen the demand for outdoor recreational opportunities and amenities continue to grow.”

For further information about RDOS Parks and Trails, please visit www.rdos.bc.ca

Karla Kozakevich, Chair
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

Contacts:
Justin Shuttleworth
RDOS Parks & Facilities Manager
250-490-4136


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