Knox Mt. Park plan to cost $7 million

Kelowna city council has approved a report from staff that calls for spending $7 million on upgrades to Knox Mountain Park.

Kelowna city council has approved a report from staff that calls for spending $7 million on upgrades to Knox Mountain Park over the next 15 years.

The report, adopted by city council on Monday,  outlined that $3 million of the total would go towards capital investment in the park, with the remaining $4 million spent on operation and maintenance, including the creation of two new staff positions, a half-time natural area park co-ordinator and a grounds person.

The city currently budgets $105,000 per year to maintain Knox Mountain Park.

City staff have been working on an update to its 12-year-old Knox Mountain Park Management Plan since 2009.

Several meetings and workshops, as well as two open houses, have been held over the last few years to gather user and neighbourhood input on the proposal.

Key concerns for the city when it comes to managing the large, hillside park north of the downtown core are a proliferation of unapproved cycling and hiking trails, the management of vehicle and pedestrian access, the enforcement of regulations concerning dogs in the park, protection of forests and grassland, the threat of wildfire, and what the report calls conflict between users such as motorists, cyclists and hikers.