The role of green space, leisure activities and recreational facilities has grown in keeping with the population and demographics of the Central Okanagan. Hiking, biking, swimming, dog walking, bird watching, and even composting are all part of the experience in today's parks.
The Regional District of Central Okanagan Parks Services is responsible for 31 Regional Parks and more than one dozen community and neighbourhood parks making up over 1,900 hectares of parkland. We also plan for future recreational opportunities through parkland acquisition and development.
The parks and recreation website experience is presented to you in three different areas:
- Westside Parks pages detail the community and neighbourhood parks and recreation facilities in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.
- Eastside Parks and Facilities pages detail the community and neighbourhood parks and community centres found in the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area.
Regional Parks Wildfire Plan - detailed analysis of fire hazard and fuel mitigation has been completed for the Regional Park system. View more information about the Operational Wildfire Protection Plan developed for the Regional Parks on our Planning Initiatives page.
Crown Land Acquisition and Management Plans - View more information on these plans for the protection and preservation of ecologically significant ecosystems on Crown land parcels in the areas of Black Mountain, Hydraulic/McCulloch Lake, Spion Kop and Trepanier Creek on our Planning Initiatives page
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Parks Services News:
Federal Trail Building Funds
The Honourable Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities, and Intergovernmental Affairs is happy to announce that the Kelowna Snowmobile Club and the Regional District of Central Okanagan are receiving federal funding to improve and develop recreational trails in the region.
The Kelowna Snowmobile Club will receive $27,500 for trail improvements through its Okanagan Highlands Snowmobile Project, while the Regional District of Central Okanagan will receive $61,000 for trail development connecting the Lebanon Creek Greenway Regional Park and the Johns Family Nature Conservancy Regional Park.
“By building on the vast network of recreational trails that run throughout the Okanagan, we are offering residents and visitors alike the opportunity to experience yet another great outdoor experience. This will have a positive impact on the local economy and encourage people to enjoy what the Okanagan has to offer,” said MP Ron Cannan.
“We’re extremely grateful for this federal funding to help build a new five kilometer trail, along with funding signage, fencing and footbridges over Lebanon Creek,” said Regional District of Central Okanagan Chair Gail Given. “Design work on the $142,000 recreational corridor will be completed this spring with construction planned through the summer. We expect that the new trail will be officially open for the public this fall,” she said
Thanks to a partnership between the Government of Canada and the National Trails Coalition, $10 million has been made available between 2014 and 2016 to help expand and rehabilitate Canada’s snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle and non-motorized trail system.
Regional Parks Video
Our parks are great to visit at anytime of year. Check out this new video that shows why!