Citizens support rail trail initiative

Letters continue to flow in to Salmon Arm council about supporting the purchase of the abandoned Sicamous to Armstrong rail corridor

  • Dec. 3, 2014 3:00 p.m.
Ken Jamieson

Ken Jamieson

Letters continue to flow in to Salmon Arm council about supporting the purchase of the abandoned Sicamous to Armstrong rail corridor.

Coun. Ken Jamieson mentioned two letters received for the Nov. 24 council meeting, saying he appreciates the continued reminders.

“One of the things that’s developed in discussions with people I’ve had, I would say most people want a walking-biking corridor, but also a smaller group, motorized traffic… I think a very big picture needs to be looked at. First secure (the land) and then determine how it’s going to be used.”

Salmon Arm’s Marcia and Jim Beckner said they support all governing leadership within the Shuswap-North Okanagan to work together with Secwepemc Splatsin leadership, provincial leadership, the Shuswap Trail Alliance, community leaders, organizers and sponsoring partners to acquire the corridor, establishing a continuous hiking/cycling greenway and linking it with the Okanagan Rail Trail.

A similar sentiment was expressed by John and Anita Wiebe who live in Calgary but have owned property on Mara Lake adjacent to the rail line for about 20 years.