A showcase of natural biodiversity
The wetland park was developed by constructing wetland ponds and riparian planting grasses, green willows and native plants, trees and shrubs to create a historically devolved, natural environment. The park is a living showcase of a biodiverse wetland ecosystem, its living and non-living components, their roles and their interactions with each other. Creation of an ecologically rich riparian and wetland complex with no possibility of future development ensures sustainable protection of the constructed aquatic and terrestrial biophysical resources.
Signs feature the Secwepemc culturally important native plants, trees and shrubs growing in the park and their traditional uses. The interpretive signage format was originally developed by the Switzmalph Cultural Society in Salmon Arm and each sign has a scannable QR code that links to a web page with more information. Additional signage will provide information on birds, amphibians and insects in the wetlands and historical facts relating to the area.
Our location in the Spallumcheen Valley is an area where the Shuswap Nation (Secwepemc) and Okanagan Nation (Syilx) Territories overlapped five thousand years ago. Park signage will feature insights into Secwepemc and Syilx cultures, traditions and historical land use and their belief that protection of the land and natural resources means the protection of the coming generations.
Youth are our wetland ambassadors who work and volunteer in the park, monitoring the wetland ponds, birds, animals, amphibians, insects and plants, learning hands about biodiversity conservation.
The two acre park is open to the public with COVID-19 physical distancing rules in place.
Caution: Visitors to the park should be aware that the ground is uneven in places. Please proceed with caution and do not walk on the grassed edges of the ponds.
Location: 1978 Pleasant Valley Road, Spallumcheen BC, just 1 km south of the Armstrong city limit.
For more information about park programs and public access contact Barb Craven at 250-546-5021 or e-mail email@example.com