Regional Parks Services News:
Vegetation Pruning along Mission Creek Greenway
From March 9th through the 31st, sections of the Mission Creek Greenway will be periodically closed for pruning and vegetation maintenance.
The Regional District of Central Okanagan apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and asks for their safety that Greenway users please obey any barricades, signs and flag people and stay out of any closed areas.
The trail along the north side of Mission Creek between Lakeshore Road and Gordon Drive will be completely closed while crews and equipment are at work. In addition, temporary closures of the trail can be expected upstream from the Casorso Road Bridge.
A contractor for the Ministry of the Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, Public Safety and Protection Branch will be pruning and removing brush and hazardous trees to allow visual inspections of the dike during periods of highs flows in Mission Creek while ensuring dike integrity.
Residents are encouraged to use other areas of the Greenway while this work is underway.
For more information on the trail closure, please contact the Regional Parks office at 469-6232.
For information on the dike vegetation maintenance, please call the Ministry of the Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations at 250-490-7876.
'Art in the Park'
Here’s an opportunity for every member of your family to let their creative juices flow, inspired by the beauty of a regional park!
‘Art in the Park’ takes place in Kaloya Regional Park (Trask Road off Oyama Road) in Lake Country from 10:00-11:30 am on Sunday, March 15th. Local artist Marjolein Witteman Thompson and Regional Parks staff will help you explore your inner artist using natural and recycled materials! View Poster
And while there, you can also lend your artistic talent to Lake Country’s 20th anniversary Mural Painting Project. You don’t need to be an artist to paint a 12 inch by 12 inch panel, applying specific colours. All instructions, paint and supplies will be provided. This is a special opportunity to create one of 480 panels that will be assembled for this large, public mural.
‘Art in the Park’ is part of the Regional Parks ‘Families in Parks’ program. There’s no cost to take part and participants will receive everything they need to create their artwork. Please pre-register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 250-469-6139.
For more information visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parksevents 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.
EECO Closed for Exhibit Update and Spring Hours
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.
Even with the closure, Story Time will still be held at its regular time, 10:00am on Tuesday, March 3rd.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or drop into the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads.
Nature Detective Spring Break Camps
Registration is now underway for this year’s Nature Detectives Spring Break Camps at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park (Springfield and Durnin Roads).
Youngsters taking part are encouraged to unpack their sleuthing skills and hunt out who’s been in the park during these camp sessions. Activities for children aged five to seven run from 9:00 am to 12noon, March 17th to 19th and March 24th to 26th. All camp participants will enjoy a variety of fun indoor and outdoor activities that are designed to encourage and spark their interest in the natural environment.
Please register in advance at the EECO. The cost is $60 per youngster for each three-day camp session.
For more information visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parks or contact the EECO at 250-469-6139, email email@example.com or drop into the centre at 2363A Springfield Road in Mission Creek Regional Park.
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.
Eco-Art at the EECO
Bring your imagination and join in the fun Saturday mornings for ‘Eco-Art at the EECO’.
Each Saturday morning at 11, you’ll create works of art with recycled and natural materials.
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!
The Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan is located in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads.
For more information please visit www.regionaldistrict.com/parksevents, drop-in or call the EECO at 250-469-6140.
Story Time at the EECO
Little ones will love ‘Story Time at the EECO’. It’s a free weekly one-hour drop-in program for children aged three to five and their caregivers.
It features nature-themed stories and songs followed by an art or craft project. The program is an excellent way for younger children to interact with others while learning more about the natural world.
‘Story Time’ runs each Tuesday morning at 10:00 to March 10th.
The EECO or Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan is located in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads. For more information please visit www.regionaldistrict.com/parks, drop-in or call the EECO at 250-469-6140.
Parks for All Seasons
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