Peachland Pier is open to public

The pier will not be officially open until May after the benches and lights are installed

Although the finishing touches haven’t been installed, the Peachland Pier is open to the public.

The 122-metre-long pier has nine fishing bays, three of which have lower railings for those in a wheelchair. The pier, was supposed to be completed in December, however it will officially be opened May 11. Still to be installed are lights and benches.

Members of the Peachland Lions Club, Rotary club of Peachland and the Peachland Sportsmen’s club of Peachland formed a non-profit society named the Peachland Pier Group to design and construct a wheel chair accessible fishing pier on Okanagan Lake.

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The project, that has been estimated to cost over $50,000, has been funded through donations and grants because the group did not want to use tax dollars says Eldon Kerbes, former president of the Peachland Lions Club.

“We are very pleased with the response everyone we have talked to. They started walking on it and were enthused to grab fishing pole,” said Kerbes.

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“It’s fantastic to see them (people on the pier) and find out how enthused they are and better then we ever expected it to be . And we are so enthusiastic about it. It will be a boom to Peachland because it will attract more people down the valley because it’s one of a kind on Okanagan Lake.”

When completed the pier created from yellow cedar and Douglas Fir that is designed to last over 100 years will be turned over to the District of Peachland.

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