More repairs planned for two Okanagan parks damaged by 2017 flooding
Two Okanagan parks will be undergoing repair work next week.
Starting Monday, the Regional District of the Central Okanagan (RDCO) said there will be a “flurry of activity” in Hardy Falls Regional Park near Peachland and Killiney Beach Community Park west of Vernon.
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The work revolves around repairing damage from flooding in 2017.
The regional district said Hardy Falls Regional Park has been closed since Deep Creek overflowed its banks, severely damaging two bridges, bridge approaches and the trail. Repair work will include the installation of two pre-fabricated bridge structures.
The bridge structures will be built on a nearby vacant property, and, weather permitting, will be airlifted into the park.
It’s hoped trail repairs will be made by early May, with the park opening to visitors then.
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At Killiney Beach Community Park, site preparation is expected to start next week, with paving of an access road slated to start on April 10.
The RDCO said upland recovery work was completed in the fall and this month saw installation of a new replacement dock.
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The RDCO anticipates that in June, crews will return to the park to stabilize the flood-damaged concrete boat launch pads.
Notably, the RDCO said the Provincial Disaster Assistance program provided $48,400 for Hardy Falls Regional Park and $330,000 for Killiney Beach Community Park.
Flood mitigation work underway along Mill Creek in Kelowna
In related news, the City of Kelowna announced that trees are being removed from Mill Creek to reduce the risk of flooding.
According to the city, the trees being targeted are below the creek’s high-water mark. The trees reportedly restrict water flow and contribute to debris buildup.
The city said flood mitigation work began last spring, and that vulnerable areas downtown were prioritized at the time. This year, crews will start where they left off near Highway 97 and continue upstream toward the city boundary.
The city added that it will restore areas where trees have been removed. Starting in April, trees and shrubs will be planted above the high water mark along Mill Creek, and restoration will resume in the fall to ensure all disturbed areas are adequately restored.
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