Pelmewash design options to consider

Residents have until Oct. 8 to give their opinions on the design of the local roadway along the west shore of Wood Lake.

In previous public information sessions on the future of Pelmewash Parkway, the public gave input on the vision and objectives for the former stretch of Highway 97, but now the District of Lake Country is asking for input on design options for the road, paths, parking, greening, recreation sites and amenities for the road along the west shore of Wood Lake.

Public comments can be made until Tuesday, Oct. 8 through the district’s web site at http://www.okanaganway.ca/pelmewash-parkway/.

Here are a few things residents are being asked to comment on and some options.

Road

Reduce the width of the road, retaining two-way traffic along Pelmewash Parkway, as follows:

• Two-lane road with a centre line (7.2 m wide) at the north and south ends, plus

• Narrow two-lane road (6 m wide) for 1.2 km through the centre portion; and

• Commuter cyclists will be able to use this road due to the slow traffic speed (50 km/h) and low volume

Paths

• Provide a lakeside walkway; plus

• Provide a separate bikeway between the walkway and the road with grass and trees between these paths where space permits; and

• Combine the walkway and bikeway into one multi-use path where necessary due to space restrictions.

Parking

• Distribute parking pockets among existing pull-outs and at the north end of the corridor, as space permits; and

• Surround parking areas with greening—trees, shrubs and grass.

Greening

Use trees, shrubs and grass to restore existing pullouts and locations where paving is removed.

Recreation Sites

Add recreation amenities, including launching for car-top boats, to existing pullouts based on space available and environmental considerations.

The plan includes:

• Five major recreation sites; as well as

• Two launch sites for small boats and two staging areas for Spion Kop trails; and

• Picnic areas at the remaining pullouts.