We are so delighted to have received a provincial grant to replace our 22- year-old wooden boardwalk! The boardwalk was the initial capital investment of the Osoyoos Desert Centre back when it opened in 1998 and has become the Centre’s signature attraction. After 22-years, it is definitely coming to the end of its life!
Funding has been provided under the destination development stream of the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP) announced last fall to help bolster the recovery of BC’s tourism industry and provide economic stimulus to BC communities impacted by COVID-19.
Lee MdFadyen, Osoyoos Desert Society President comments: "This funding is a dream come true. The boardwalk is essential to the Osoyoos Desert Centre's visitor's experience. It takes them on a meander through the heart of the antelope brush and watchful eyes may catch glimpses of butterflies, nesting bluebirds feeding their young, an active little Nuttall's cottontail, spadefoots at different stages of their life cycle, or a snake sunning on the warm sand. Last summer, we even had a badger living at the Centre! Rebuilding our deteriorating boardwalk means we can provide safe access to this wonderful habitat for people of all ages and abilities for many years to come."
The Osoyoos Desert Centre is open annually from May to October. This year opening day is set for May 1, 2021. Construction on the project will begin after the Centre closes for the 2021 season in October and be completed by spring of 2022.
See you at the Centre!!