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Council has decided on a new name for “Old Highway 97”

News Release
For Immediate Release
November 21, 2012

Lake Country, BC – From 160 unique names submitted, to a shortlist of three, the District of Lake Country’s Mayor and Council have decided on the name Pelmewash Parkway for the section of road that is currently Highway 97 between Winfield and Oyama.  The final decision was based on public feedback, historical naming by Aboriginal inhabitants of the area, a corridor theme for future parks, and potential naming conflicts with other jurisdictions.

In a public input process the District sought feedback from the community to help find the perfect name for the section of road that is currently Hwy 97 between Winfield and Oyama; and there will be an upcoming planning process to determine the long term use of the land along the corridor under the jurisdiction of the District once the new Hwy 97 construction is complete in 2013.

A report on the 536 votes cast and 160 unique names proposed was presented to Council at a Strategic Planning Session October 30th after municipal staff did the preliminary vetting to consider possible conflicts with similar road names within the region.  Council stipulated that the final name chosen should be memorable and relevant for tourism and way-finding.  The deadline for a final decision was extended to allow another two weeks for public input on the shortlisted three names: Lake Country Parkway, Pelmewash Parkway and Wood Lake Parkway.
A public opinion web poll had 372 votes as follows: 26% for Lake Country Parkway; 33% for Wood Lake Parkway; and 41% for Pelmewash Parkway.

“All three shortlisted names were vetted by neighbouring municipalities and the region as well as First Nations and Regional Fire Dispatch and we’ve received confirmation that there are no conflicts,” said Michael Mercer, Director of Engineering & Operations.  “Now we just need to submit the final name choice to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.”

“Pelmewash was the Anglicized version of the Aboriginal name for Wood Lake prior to the arrival of Thomas Wood in the community,” said Mayor James Baker.  “Consultation with traditional Okanagan language speakers and local historians has been ongoing during the public consultation process as well.”

Names of participants from the public input process were placed in a draw for four tickets to a Creekside Theatre performance of the winner’s choice.  “The winner is Ralph Janes,” announced Mayor Baker.  “We thank everyone for their input and interest in this important road naming public consultation process.”

For more information contact:
Michael Mercer, Director of Engineering & Operations, District of Lake Country
Tel 250-766-5650 or

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