Parks Services News:
EECO Closed for Exhibit Update
The EECO located in Mission Creek Regional Park (Springfield and Durnin Roads) will be closed Tuesday, March 3rd and Wednesday, March 4th to allow staff to update the ‘Unbelievable Bees’ exhibit.
Visitors can look forward to some fresh features for the exhibit when the EECO reopens on Thursday, March 5th.
And with spring just around the corner, the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan will be adjusting its operating hours. Starting Tuesday, March 10th, the EECO will be open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and weekends from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
For more information visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parks or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140, email email@example.com or drop into the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads.
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.
Fuel Modification Projects
Until the end of April, Central Okanagan residents should be aware of some fuel modification projects and open burning in three different Regional Parks.
Over the next several months, crews will be disposing of dead and hazard trees in Kalamoir Regional Park, Trepanier Creek Greenway Regional Park and in Rose Valley Regional Park.
Some trees that were killed as a result of vandalism near the King Road entrance to Kalamoir Regional Park will be burned when air quality and venting conditions are favourable. The work in Trepanier Creek Greenway Regional Park was identified in a hazard assessment and will remove and dispose of trees that were destroyed or damaged during the 2012 Trepanier wildfire. And as crews are available the BC Wildfire Management Branch will conduct controlled burning of collected debris piles in a portion of Rose Valley Regional Park above Bear Creek Road off Bowes and Pettman Roads. Its crews removed hazard trees and did other fuel reduction work last year as part of a larger, ten-hectare multi-year fuel modification project.
Please be aware that trails through these various work areas may be temporarily closed. For their safety park users are asked to watch for signs advising that trails are closed and that they stay out of any closed areas of the park.
Debris pile burning will be conducted in accordance with Air Quality and Open Burning regulations when open burning is allowed for qualified property owners in the region.
Once a decision is made to proceed with burning on a particular day, local fire authorities, media and neighbourhood organizations will be advised. The information will also be available on the Regional District website.
For more information visit the Regional District Parks Services webpage regionaldistrict.com/parks, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-469-6232.
Winter-Spring Parks Guide Available
The new Winter-Spring ‘Guide to Regional Parks 2015’ is now online and hot off the press. You can link to it at regionaldistrict.com/parksguide, or pick a printed copy up at the EECO in Mission Creek Regional Park and over the next few weeks at any local government office or visitor information centre.
Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “We encourage people to pre-register for two free programs that are designed to get you and your family outside and active during the winter months.”
The first is ‘Explore Your Parks’ which takes place once a month on a Saturday morning at 10:00 during January, February and March. Join one of our Park Interpreters as we explore a different Regional Park by foot, bike, poles or snowshoes. Please contact the staff at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan for specific information about park locations, dates and activities and to register.
The second winter program is ‘Families in Parks’ and the first outing ‘Frosty Fun’ goes in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads on Saturday, January 25th between 10:00 and 11:30 am. To register your family, for this free event or other ‘Families in Parks’ events, please drop in to the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan, email email@example.com or phone 250-469-6139.
There’s also a new drop-in program for families at the EECO in Mission Creek Regional Park each Saturday morning at 11. It’s called ‘Eco-Art at the EECO’ and encourages you to explore your imagination and creativity. You’ll create works of art with recycled and natural materials. Smith says “There’s no need to pre-register for this free program, just drop into the EECO a few minutes early. All ages are welcome to take part!”
Smith says, “The winter-spring guide also has details about the spring ‘Tracks Walking Club’ program and our ‘Nature Detectives Spring-Break Camps’ in March for youngsters age five to seven. Pre-registration is required for each of these popular programs.”
And of course, the Parks Guide also features a two-page colour map showing each RegionalPark location and some of the amenities that are available.
For more information about any Regional Parks program and our detailed online section for Regional Parks, visit regionaldistrict.com/parks or call the EECO at 250-469-6140.
New Regional Parks Video
Our parks are great to visit at anytime of year. Check out this new video that shows why!