The City of Kelowna will not be upgrading Dehart Road to Vintage Terrace until 2025, under their current 20 Year Servicing Plan. Governmental funds cannot be used for interim measures such as temporary sidewalks.
Anne McClymont, established in 1929, is the last school in the City of Kelowna to have formalized sidewalks. The unsafe conditions including incomplete sidewalks in a high traffic zone with heavy truck traffic and inadequate parking and drop off zones make this situation libelous to wait until 2025 to resolve.
Currently 5 to 12 year old children are not able to walk independently to and from their school or neighbouring schools due to the unsafe walking routes. As a result, parents are forced to drive their children short distances to school, which further impacts the parking and traffic congestion.
It is the obligation of the City of Kelowna to rectify this unacceptable and potentially critically dangerous situation before one of our children is seriously harmed.
This unsafe condition needs to be permanently addressed in 2014 in conjunction with the City completing the Lakeshore Design Plan.