Find a way to widen Gellatly Bay road while keeping trees

These trees, after 20 plus years, look strong and healthy and have been practically maintenance free.

To the editor:

Just like Lois Bennett, I will be very sad to see our beautiful katsura trees along our Gellatly Bay waterfront destroyed.

Practically all newspaper articles and pictures about that area show these trees and they are always the highlight, just like in a painting.

These trees, after 20 plus years, look strong and healthy and have been practically maintenance free.

I understand that progress sometimes requires us to do things that we would rather avoid. All we can do is work around these unpleasant obstacles.

It is my understanding that it is not permissible anymore to gain land with additional fill material being put into the lake.

Fortunately, at the time, the then Gellatly Bay Aquatic Park Society (now Gellatly Bay Trail and Park Society) submitted plans requesting that widening of our shoreline be permitted and, we received permission to do so.

Had we not, the green areas at Willow’s Beach point and all the green area at Rotary Beach and also our walkway would not be there for everyone’s enjoyment today.

What I do not yet know and understand is, if the katsura trees come out because they limit our roadway width, then one would assume the new trees that are planned to be planted would then be closer to our present shoreline. This would cut down on our available walkway width, which certainly would not be desirable.

So, what would I like to see being done?

Try to get additional width on the Angus side of the road. Leave the katsura trees, but still build a retaining wall next to them.

Possibly forget about the two bike lanes—they are not much used at the stretch from the marina to the Cove. This would give us good width for the road and also for vehicle parking and our walkway could have a decent width.

Yes, and then give that length of road a low speed limit. It won’t hurt anyone of us to drive the bay area slower and enjoy the view, which would include the katsura trees.


John Andersen,

West Kelowna

Kelowna Capital News