Public docks in Okanagan Centre to be rebuilt during July

Lake Country, BC – Work to replace three public docks along the Okanagan Centre shoreline that were damaged during the Spring 2017 flooding events will take place July 8-26, 2019.

With disaster relief funding from the Province confirmed, the rebuilding of the dock just north of the swim bay at Pebble Beach and the dock south of the Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour regional park can now proceed. As part of the funding requirements, the public docks must be replaced in the general vicinity and configuration as originally installed.

While ministry approvals are currently in place for two of the three docks, the District is continuing to work with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) to obtain environmental approvals for the Waterside Park public dock replacement in the Lakestone neighbourhood. Once approvals are received for this location, action will be taken to get the public dock rebuilt during the allowable construction window.

Additionally, the District of Lake Country has been notified by FLNRORD that it must remove or bring into compliance the dock situated north of Camp Road.  As the dock cannot be brought into compliance, the District is obligated to remove the structure at this time.

Public docks are key pieces of park infrastructure that provide valuable waterfront recreational opportunities including swimming, fishing, photography, as well as motorized and non-motorized boat docking. Replacing the three docks that were damaged by flooding will continue to support our ‘Life. The Okanagan Way.’ lifestyle in Lake Country by providing access to recreational activities that contribute to a healthy community.

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For more information contact:

Mayor James Baker

250-766-6670

Greg Buchholz, Director of Infrastructure Services, District of Lake Country

Tel 250-766-5650 or engineering@lakecountry.bc.ca

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