Crews lay down a barrier blocking vehicles from driving on the Vernon Creek side of Kin Beach Thursday morning. The City of Vernon was recently granted approval for the project from the Okanagan Indian Band who owns that section of the beach along Lakeshore Road. Vote on The Morning Star’s question of the week regarding the barricades at www.vernonmorningstar.com

Crews lay down a barrier blocking vehicles from driving on the Vernon Creek side of Kin Beach Thursday morning. The City of Vernon was recently granted approval for the project from the Okanagan Indian Band who owns that section of the beach along Lakeshore Road. Vote on The Morning Star’s question of the week regarding the barricades at www.vernonmorningstar.com

Barriers to stop Kin Beach vehicles

City council has also agreed to work with the band on long-term strategies

There’s a co-operative approach to ongoing challenges at a Vernon beach.

City council agreed Monday to install barriers to prohibit traffic from going on to the Okanagan Indian Reserve portion of Kin Beach on Lakeshore Road.

“I’d like to congratulate city staff and the chief and band for moving forward on this,” said Mayor Rob Sawatzky.

“It’s great for both communities.”

The beach has long had a problem with vehicles driving on the sand, as well as activities after hours.

“It’s unsafe with kids and people close by,” said Shirley Koenig, the city’s operations manager.

While there was previously a dispute between both jurisdictions over the beach, that has now been resolved.

“The safety of beach-goers is paramount to us,” said Byron Louis, Okanagan Indian Vand chief.

“We are pleased to partner with the City of Vernon on this project.”

Installation of the barriers will cost $20,000, with the band providing $5,000 and the remainder coming from the city.

Installation of the barriers will start this week and be completed by the August long weekend.

City council has also agreed to work with the band on long-term strategies for Lakeshore Road and parking improvements in the Kin Beach area.

Vote on The Morning Star’s question of the week, near the bottom of the home page on left side, (Do you support the placement of barriers on Lakeshore Road at Kin Beach?)

Vernon Morning Star