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McArthur Island pathway upgrades complete

The work is the last of a three sections of construction on the McArthur Island ring road project 
McArthur Island path project
The trail, which was previously a gravel route, is now a fully paved and three-metre-wide path that has been raised a few feet above its previous level. City crews will return to the area next spring to complete landscape restoration.

A new raised and paved walking path has been installed on McArthur Island

The City of Kamloops began work on the $350,00 project this past October, upgrading the existing dike along Rivers Trail on McArthur Island, running parallel to Kenora Road, between 12th Street and Mackenzie Avenue, as part of flood mitigation work.

The trail, which was previously a gravel route, is now a fully paved and three-metre-wide path that has been raised a few feet above its previous level. City crews will return to the area next spring to complete landscape restoration. Similar work installing a raised trail is currently being done on the path through Riverside Park downtown, along the South Thompson River.

The McArthur Island work is the last of a three sections of construction on the McArthur Island ring road project.

This past spring, the city spent $350,000 repaving 650 metres of the northern section of the ring road and between 12th Street, across from NorKam secondary, to the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association offices at the former McArthur Island Golf Course.

The first phase of the ring road project, which included repaving the southern section of the roadway between the McArthur Island Sports Centre and the former BMX track, was completed in 2020 for $600,000.

The city also recently had a new playground installed on McArthur Island, atop what was once the ninth-hole green of the old golf course. Next spring, crews will install an outdoor ping pong table via a partnership with the Rotary Club. The first such table is now in Riverside Park.

“Over the last two years, we’ve put a lot of work into upgrading McArthur Island and part of that was repaving the multi-use pathway to make it accessible for everyone,” said Jeff Putnam, the city’s parks and facilities manager, in a release. "This last section completes the paved circuit around the park."