As a result of the rising Okanagan Lake water level and flooding, the Regional District will be closing a roughly half kilometre section of a shoreline trail in Kalamoir Regional Park.
Sunday morning, fences will go up on the Water Front Trail, just north of the main Collens Hill Road beach area and near the north dog beach at the entrance to the Upper Rim Trail.
Park users and commuters will use a detour along an unnamed trail that connects with the Upper Rim Trail.
Commuting cyclists may choose to use Collens Hill Road as an alternate connection to the Upper Rim Trail. Motorists and cyclists are asked to reduce their speeds along the narrow road and connecting trails. All park users are asked to watch for cyclists and vehicles.
The following Regional and Community Parks are closed until further notice and residents are reminded that if they are found within a closed park they could be fined $500:
· Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour Regional Park on Okanagan Centre Road West in Lake Country
- Glen Canyon Regional Park from the Acorn bridge downstream to the Gellatly Road parking area and from the Constable Neil Bruce entrance upstream to the Covington Crescent entrance at Last Mountain Community Park
· Fintry Community Park Access #1 (boat launch)
Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “While these parks are closed, the Regional District encourages residents to visit many other regional parks that are not affected by flooding and rising waters. You can view them at www.regionaldistrict.com/pickapark.”
Regional Parks staff is monitoring lake and creek levels in all these areas and when safe will be assessing the condition of bridges, trails and other amenities in many parks. Should conditions change affecting public safety, parks may be closed on short notice.