No grapes will be harmed during the construction of a unique section of the West Kelowna “wine road” that adjoins two vineyards.
The three meter wide multi-use pathway will be constructed this year on the east side of Boucherie Road between Ogden Road and Green Bay Road. It will pass vineyards owned by Quail’s Gate Winery and The Hatch Winery.
“We think it’s going to be a special experience that many other multi-use trails don’t have,” city parks manager Stacey Harding told city councilors on Tuesday.
The three-kilometer trail will also be much safer for cyclists and pedestrians than crossing the narrow shoulders of Boucherie Road, which Harding said could be “very, very dangerous.”
Being located between the edge of the vineyards and Chemin de la Boucherie, the road will not replace any productive agricultural land, Coun. Jason Friesen said, adding that the design was “very cool”.
“Great job on this. I love that you work with the wineries,” Friesen said.
Along with pedestrians and cyclists, the odd farm tractor could roll along the new path, the council heard.
When other sections of the wine route were built, there was some discontent that the existing utility poles had not been moved or moved underground. That’s largely the case with the new section as well, although two of the posts will need to be moved, Harding said.
Next year, another section of the multi-use trail will be built between Ogden Road and Gregory Road.