Polson Park in Vernon is getting a $2.5 million makeover to enhance the area’s natural appeal and make it more resistant to flooding.

Projects include removal of four undersized bridges over Vernon Creek that can trap debris and trigger flooding. They will be replaced by one, larger bridge.

Fish-spawning habitat will also be enhanced, and more native trees and shrubs planted in the park.

The project was one of 50 initiatives worth $39 million announced Thursday by the provincial government.

“The climate crisis is here and we need communities to adapt and strengthen their defences against flooding and other extreme-weather events,” Bowinn Ma, minister of emergency management and climate readiness, said in a release.  Read more