The last cars remaining on the CN rail tracks are being removed and CN has all of 2016 to get rid of the rail ties and do remediation work on the old CN corridor

Lake Country signs on to CN corridor development team

As process moves forward, preliminary plans underway to develop CN corridor as continuous trail but not likely until early 2017

Communities continue to embrace the process to establish a recreational corridor from Kelowna to Coldstream.

On Tuesday, Lake Country council voted to join an inter-jurisdictional development team that will plan, design, finance, develop and maintain a trail along the former Canadian National track.

“We want to make sure we are partners so we have a say and a share of the cost,” said Mayor James Baker.

Kelowna has already signed on to the team, and it’s anticipated that the Regional District of North Okanagan will also join.

The jurisdictions spent $22 million to purchase the corridor.

CN has until 2017 to complete track removal and environmental site remediation and local jurisdictions have stated that before work begins on the trail, there will be a planning and design process, cost estimates and development phasing.

Baker says that actual construction of the trail will depend on the financial capabilities of Lake Country and the other jurisdictions, but he is confident about the process.

“I am pleased to see a collaborative manner so we’re not at logger-heads about how it develops.”

Funding options for the trail include community fundraising and senior government grants.

 

 

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