Westwood Properties

West Bench Elementary closure potential

I attended (most of) the School District 67 meeting last night on school closures.  The student enrollment projections for West Bench Elementary (click image on the left for a larger version) paint a very pessimistic picture.

Round 2 of the West Bench Pedestrian Corridor lighting survey

Update 50 November 2015:
 
We have launched Round 2 of the West Bench lighting survey.  Please do the following if you would like to participate (and have not already received an email invitation):
  1. Go to the survey site: http://areaf.rdos.bc.ca/survey/index.php/188572/
  2. Register with your name and email address.
  3. Tell use where you live (West Bench, Husula, etc.)
  4. Fill out a simple arithmetic problem to prove you are not a robot.

 

I have included the preamble to the survey below:

What does the West Bench reservoir look like from your house?

Attention Westwood Properties residents: Please do the following if you can see the West Bench reservoir:

  1. stand on your deck
  2. take a picture of the reservoir as you see it
  3. email the picture to me at mbrydon@rdos.bc.ca.

 

Why? We want to know how an expansion of the reservoir might impact your view.

Here is the reservoir from my deck.  I can see it, but it does not dominate the scene.  We want to know what you see so we are asking you to show us.

The new cattle guard on Bartlett Drive

Residents of Westwood Properties and Husula Highlands will have noticed a new cattle guard on Bartlett Drive.  A special prize for anyone who can spot the problem with this particular installation. I have provided a hint in the photo below:

To be clear:

West Bench pedestrian corridor

Background

The West Bench pedestrian corridor was a joint project of the RDOS and the Province of BC completed in 2013.  Half the costs were covered by a grant from the Province and the remainder was covered by Area F gas tax funds.  Much of the path was undertaken coincidentally with the West Bench water system upgrade.  This made sense since major repairs were required to the roads and right-of-way after the new water mains were installed.

Sign for the West Bench

The idea arose a couple of years ago to install a sign at the bottom of West Bench Hill Road.  As I see it, the sign could serve three purposes:

  1. Commemorate the establishment of the West Bench as a Veterans' Land Act project.  In this sense, it is Part B of the Selby Park tribute.
  2. Mark the starting point of the walking path.
  3. Better establish the idea of the West Bench (broadly defined to include Sage Mesa, Husula Highlands, etc.) as a place distinct from Penticton.

 

Given these objectives, we have been toying with a few potential designs.  Below is a photo of the West Bench Hill Road as now seen by traffic heading to Kelowna on Highway 97 (see note 1):

What is going on beside the Westhills pit?

Short answer: I don't know.

The PIB has been clearing/leveling some land across the road from its Westhills Aggregates operation for several weeks now.  RDOS staff have made some inquires to Westhills and the Band but so far we have not been told anything definitive.

Update 18 Mar 2015: According to the website for the Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation, the site is being cleared for a mobile home manufacturing plant:

PIBDC and the Lands Department are hosting the Information Meeting on a proposed manufactured home company on Wednesday March 18, 2015 at the Penticton Indian Band Hall....

 

Bud Butler Equistrian Arena

Rules for West Bench Riding Ring Users

The West Bench riding ring is a community facility owned by the RDOS, but maintained primarily by those who use it.  The following is for the guidance of the latter group in particular to spread the responsibility for keeping the ring in good condition and to avoid irritation and unpleasantness among users.

While the ring is a community facility, it was not built for all possible horse activities.  The surface is not suitable for activities such as barrel racing or ones involving moves such as sliding stops, and using it in these ways will do serious damage to the surface, especially the quite expensive material along the boards and out for about six feet (see below ** for description of this material).

Please do not ride or walk your horse across the park grass.  Go up the road at the south end and either enter their or take the path through the trees to the north entrance. 

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