The Recreational Trails Master Plan has been created to improve connectivity between and within parks, recreational areas, neighbourhoods, schools, shopping areas, and open spaces, while respecting and enhancing environmentally sensitive areas.
The plan recommends short and long term improvement recommendations. The short term recommendations exist in the City of West Kelowna's 10-Year Capital Plan at $100,000 per year.
For more details on implementation, please refer to Section 4.7, starting on Page 28 of the plan.
About The Plan
West Kelowna is a visually stunning community, nestled on the central western shores and hillsides of Okanagan Lake.
West Kelowna’s ease of access to several points along the lakeshore, existing trails on Crown Lands, and a network of trails within the municipality's boundaries provide exceptional recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.
Further improvement and development of a Recreational Trail Network may provide development opportunities by attracting residents and companies looking to relocate to West Kelowna for its attractive lifestyle. An evolving trail network would also:
Provide opportunities for major sporting, cultural, and recreational events
Improve the quality of life for residents
Attract tourists, and
Be an impetus for development
The plan formalizes the existing trail network in West Kelowna and identifies short, medium and long term action items to improve the system, in a manner which the young municipality can afford. The plan references links to trails on Crown land, at District of Peachland, Regional District of Central Okanagan and Westbank First Nation; however, the City of West Kelowna's Recreational Trails Master Plan recommendations focus on trails within its jurisdiction.
Three characteristics are used to describe each trail type:
Each trail category will have a possible rating. For more information on each trail category and the respective rating(s) associated with each, please see page VII and page VIII of the plan and the trail framework summary.
The Recreational Trail Plan involved Council direction and input and community and stakeholder consultation over a two year period:
February 2012: Phase 1 Consultation
Three workshops were held involving community members and stakeholders with the goals of introducing the project to the public and engaging participants in visioning and mapping. A web survey was also posted on the municipality's website to assist the City of West Kelowna in establishing priorities for the plan.
June 2012: Phase 2 Consultation
Directions document (containing an analysis, draft directions, and recommendations) and a draft trail network map were presented for public review; and a web survey was posted on the municipality's website requesting input on the document and priorities for trail improvements and development.
After each community and stakeholder consultation phase, Council was provided an update to review public input and provide their own feedback into the plan.
For more information on the Recreational Trails Master Plan and project implementation, please contact the Development Services Division at 778-797-8830 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.