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West Kelowna to cut down 39 mature Katsura trees

The District of West Kelowna wants to give Gellatly Road a facelift.

It wants to widen the street and put in some parking.

Those improvements have turned controversial, because to get it done the District says it will cut down 39 Katsura trees lining the waterfront walkway.

Reports to council claim the trees have health problems.

They were originally planted a couple decades ago by members of the Gellatly Bay Parks and Trails Society.

Jeff Harte was one of them. He took Daybreak's Christina Low for a wander amongst the along the walkway to show off the Katsura trees.

Then host Chris Walker speaks with the District's director of engineering, Gary O'Rourke about why it needs to remove the trees.
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