While some work will be done this year, the District of West Kelowna opted against completing the entire recreational corridor at Gellatly Bay in 2011.
The current budget allocation is for the corridor to be extended more than halfway to Boucherie Road.
Coun. David Knowles said he would really like to see the project completed.
He pointed out the existing section of the multi-use waterfront corridor along Gellatly Road is popular, and people are looking for the rest of the project to be done.
“It has become quite a destination.”
Knowles noted completion of the corridor would come out of future expenses and would obviously be substantial, but he recommended council bite the bullet and produce the entire piece.
Coun. Gord Milsom pointed out 75 per cent of this year’s capital budget is mainly focused on roads and walkway improvements. He added the allocations are made in line with feedback from citizens and in line with the district’s strategic plan.
Coun. Duane Ophus said the district has to be careful and cautious, and realistic about what they can actually afford.
He noted to complete the corridor up to a point in 2011 will be a positive thing, and that council should stick with staff recommendations.
Coun. Rosalind Neis said she believes whoever is at the head of the provincial government a year from now, there will be a significant amount of funding available for such projects.
Neis added West Kelowna residents are already facing increased taxes from other agencies, including the school district and Interior Health.
Mayor Doug Findlater said the district does have a problem in the area with pedestrians and bicycles in an unsafe spot.
He recommended a section of the corridor be completed.
“The rest I’m advocating that we leave. I think we can probably access other infrastructure funds.”
Coun. Bryden Winsby said he agrees with the spirit behind completing the project, but at the same time the district has to proceed cautiously.
He noted that if the Gellatly corridor is to be a showpiece for the district, it might not be good to attract more people to the destination at the moment due to existing congestion and lack of parking.
“The more people we attract, the more difficulty we may encounter.”