Update 13 February, 2016:
As described in the follow-on story in The Herald, the RDOS has withdrawn its opposition to this project until the source of the funds has been clarified. There are two components:
- A $110K design plan for the trail segment between Summerland and Penticton
- The $4-$10M construction of the trail segment.
Our understanding was that both the design plan and the construction would be partnerships with the province, meaning the RDOS (including Penticton and Summerland) would be expected to contribute a significant portion of the funding. Even if the construction costs were at the lower end of the $4M-$10M range, the project would be too expensive for the RDOS. Hence our original refusal to participate.