Posted by Dave Colquhoun on Oct 20, 2020
A partnership between Lake Country Rotary, Walk Around Lake Country (WALC) and the District of Lake Country (DOLC) has helped create a new trail connection linking residences on the west of Highway 97 to businesses and schools in the Lake Country Town Centre.
 
Lake Country Rotary contributes $10 thousand annually from the Community Gaming Funds that the Club receives to WALC to implement new pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in our community.  WALC also conducts its own fundraising, and with input and financial assistance from the District of Lake Country, plans the new trail routes and engages private contractors to carry out trail construction.
 
In 2019, funding from Rotary, WALC and the District of Lake Country was used to construct a new outdoor classroom near Peter Grier Elementary School and create a new walking trail from the Copper Hills subdivision to the Okanagan Rail Trail and Lodge Road.
 
This year, Rotary, WALC and the DOLC collaborated to construct an 800-meter pathway at the north end of Newene Road, running parallel to Highway 97.  The new trail provides a safe option for students walking to George Elliot High School as it connects to the Berry Road intersection with Highway 97, without the need to walk along the busy Okanagan Centre Rd. E.  Students and residents are already taking advantage of the new trail.
 
A few weeks ago, Lake Country Rotarians and WALC volunteers coordinated a work party to smooth out the trail and remove weeds and broken glass.
 
A news story on the new trail connection recently appeared in the Lake Country Calendar.  
 
 https://www.lakecountrycalendar.com/community/new-lake-country-trail-provides-faster-safer-access-to-amenities/
 
The District of Lake Country has also recognized the efforts of WALC and Rotary, with the following commendation:
 
Walk Around Lake Country (WALC) and Rotary volunteers, you’ll be happy to know all your hard work Sunday raking and grooming the new Pretty/Eva Rd to Newene Rd trail is being used by young and older alike to connect the Pretty Rd neighbourhood to town centre, GESS, stores and services etc.
 
Your diligent efforts and insights working along with District staff is helping make good progress on the community’s vision for safer, walkable neighbourhood connections! Thank you!!
 
Bits and Pieces
 
Don’t Forget…..Our ‘PIZZA  PARKAS & POLIO PLUS OUTDOOR PARTY’, in support of Rotary’s Polio Plus Program, will be held Saturday October 24, at Beasley Park, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Bundle up and please bring your chairs, food and (hot) beverage. We will have two propane firepits on hand to keep us warm.  Hope to see you there!
Come prepared for a 'raffle basket!