An outgoing member of Vernon council says providing public access to Okanagan Lake is invaluable, and should continue to be a priority for the city.
Juliette Cunningham says the city is growing, and residents will continue to need sites to use the lake.
“We have to not bow to the pressures of neighboring landowners to not develop it because they have the advantage of living on the lake, but many people don’t,” Cunningham told Beach Radio News.
City staff are recommending full recreation improvements for 15 sites on the lake, and water access at eight other locations.
Councillor Brian Quiring would like to see more done with the access sites, which he says are pretty basic.
“We have all these opportunities with these lake accesses, but really they are like boulevards, they are road accesses. We are limited in what we can do,” says Quiring.
The city has fully developed four sites so far which staff say are well-used, on Foster, Kennedy, Whitepoint and Delcliffe roads.
Five more sites are being developed in 2018 and 2019.