Planning and Resources

What is the Regional Parks Plan?

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is one of the most spectacular areas in the world to live. Residents and visitors alike are attracted to the area by its mild climate, rich natural heritage and spectacular physical setting. The regional parks system plays a significant role in protecting these natural surroundings, while providing for a variety of outdoor activities.

The Regional Parks Plan (RPP) is intended to establish a framework for the overall direction of land acquisition, development, management and operation of the RDCO's Regional Park System. The Regional Parks mandate is to protect regionally significant natural areas and provide regionally significant outdoor recreation opportunities.

The plan will assist the Parks Services Department in defining the future direction, policies and priorities for Regional Parks over the next 20 years.

Bylaw No. 884 was presented to the Regional Board where it was reconsidered and adopted on November 20, 2000. It provides an excellent foundation for continued development of a successful regional park system.

Click here for a copy of the Regional Parks Plan.

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A Central Okanagan Regional Parks Legacy Program

The Central Okanagan Regional Parks Legacy Program is a road map that outlines the direction for the future acquisition of Regional Parks from 2007 through 2017.  The program identifies three key areas for future Regional Park land acquisitions:

  • Biogeoclimatic Zone Gaps
  • Regional Trails / Greenways
  • Regionally Significant Interests

In addition to the key areas of park land acquisition, the Park Land Legacy Program also identifies funding options, priority park land interests and a recommended action plan that will provide the necessary tools to facilitate implementation of the program.

Link to the Regional Park Legacy Plan.

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Regional Parks and Greenways Plan

In March 2007, the Regional Board approved the Regional Parks and Greenways Plan (2008 - 2020).   This long-term plan will assist both Regional Parks staff and the Board in considering appropriate financial resources and management approaches in seven priority program activities for future expansion and potential acquisition of regionally significant land and ecosystems for the Regional Parks and Greenways system. 

Link to the Regional Parks and Greenways Plan (2008 - 2020).

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Regional Parks Wildfire Protection Plan

In April 2010, the Regional Board received an Operational Wildfire Protection Plan (OWPP) for the Regional Park system.  Blackwell and Associates prepared this plan specifically identifying wildfire risks for each park, setting priorities for those adjacent to urban interface areas and recommending options for managing fire fuel treatments on approximately 768 hectares of land within the Regional Parks.  The estimated cost of conducting all fire treatments in the park system is $8 million.  As potential funds from other government sources and local governments in the regional district could possibly reach $3.3 million a year for all Central Okanagan Community Wildfire Protection programs, the Board has been asked to consider providing approximately 20% of that toward fuel management and mitigation in Regional Parks.  Regional District staff will implement OWPP recommendations in conjunction with the development and approvals in future Parks Services budgets.

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Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park - Tree Inventory and Heritage Orchard Management Plan

In January 2013, the Regional Board received the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park - Tree Inventory and Heritage Orchard Management Plan.

The RDCO was a 2012 grant recipient of the Tree Canada TD Green Streets Program for $15,000 to be put towards this project.

B.A. Blackwell & Associates Ltd. was contracted by the RDCO to complete a tree inventory and develop a heritage orchard management plan for the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park.  The resulting tree inventory included 516 orchard trees and 1,179 hazelnut shrubs, which consists of 12 distinct tree species and over 15 different cultivars. In addition, 190 native and other ornamental trees in the regional park were also inventoried.

The heritage orchard management plan will assist in future preservation efforts, development and operations of this unique collection of heritage nut trees.

Special thanks go out to project partners - Tree Canada, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and the Gellatly Nut Farm Society.

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Crown Land Acquisition and Management Plans

The Regional District is plans to acquire, develop and manage Crown Lands in several areas of the Central Okanagan for future additions to the Regional Park system.  Each plan involves public and stakeholder input along with First Nations consultation and will be presented to the Regional Board for consideration.

  • Black Knight Mountain - The Regional Board has approved preparation of an application to the Integrated Land Management Branch (ILMB) to acquire one, 64-hectare parcel of Crown land for eventual creation of a new Black Knight Mountain Regional Park.  This application will be submitted after first coordinating an agreement with the Westbank First Nation.  The ILMB application would be supported by the Crown land Acquisition and Management Plan adopted by the Board (Link to Board Report) and any acquisition of Crown land is subject to approval of the 2010-2014 Financial Plan.  The Acquisition and Management Plan was created for the Regional District following a public and stakeholder consultation process in order to protect ecologically significant (dry forest and grassland) ecosystems on the identified Crown land in the area of Black Knight Mountain for the possible Regional Park.  Map of Areas of Interest 
     
  • Hydraulic/McCulloch Lake - The Regional Board has approved preparation of an application to the Integrated Land Management Branch (ILMB) to acquire Crown land parcels of approximately 471-hectares for eventual creation of a new Hydraulic Lake Regional Park.  This application will be submitted after first coordinating an agreement with the Westbank First Nation.  The ILMB application would be supported by the Crown land Acquisition and Management Plan adopted by the Board (Link to Board Report) and any acquisition of Crown land is subject to approval of the 2010-2014 Financial Plan.  A consulting team developed the Plan to protect ecologically significant ecosystems on two Crown Land parcels in the area of Hydraulic/McCulloch Lake as a possible Regional Park.  Map of Areas of Interest
     
  • Trepanier Creek - The Regional Board approved preparation of an application to the Integrated Land Management Branch (ILMB) to acquire approximately 6.5-hectares of Crown land that would be added to the Trepanier Greenway Regional Park in order to complete the recreational corridor link with the existing linear trail in the District of Peachland.  The ILMB application would be supported by the Crown land Acquisition and Management Plan adopted by the Board (Link to Board Report) and any acquisition of Crown land is subject to approval of the 2010-2014 Financial Plan.  The Acquisition and Management Plan was created for the Regional District following a public and stakeholder consultation process in order to protect ecologically significant ecosystems on Crown land parcels along Trepanier Creek.  Map of Area of Interest
     
  • Spion Kop - The Regional Board approved preparation of an application to the Integrated Land Management Branch (ILMB) for tenure acquisition of approximately 311-hectares of Crown land for the creation of Spion Kop Regional Park.  This application will be submitted after coordinating an agreement with the Okanagan Indian Band.  The ILMB application would be supported by the Crown land Acquisition and Management Plan adopted by the Board ( Link to Board Report) and any acquisition of Crown land is subject to approval of the 2010-2014 Financial Plan.  The Acquisition and Management Plan was created for the Regional District following a public and stakeholder consultation process in order to protect ecologically significant parcels of Crown land in this area of Lake Country between Okanagan and Wood Lakes.  Map of Area of Interest

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Black Mountain/sntsk‘il’ntən Regional Park Management Plan

In June 2016, following a public and stakeholder consultation process, the Regional Board adopted the Management Plan for Black Mountain/Sntsk‘il’ntən Regional Park.  This is the largest park in the regional park system and is co-managed by the Regional District and Westbank First Nation.  It's comprised of 129.5 hectares of high-value habitat acquired as a result of a $2.3 million donation through the Federal Government Ecological Gift Program which have been amalgamated with the 259-hectares of fee-simple purchased land and the 121.5 hectares of Crown land tenure to create the new park.  The plan will help guide the Regional District over 20 years as it develops and co-manages the 510-hectare significant geographic and cultural landmark which overlooks the eastern portion of Kelowna.  The plan also will help preserve the area's significant ecosystem and cultural values while providing opportunities for passive recreation, interpretation and connections to surrounding parks, linear trails and communities.

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Goats Peak Regional Park Management Plan

In May 2016, following a public and stakeholder consultation process, the Regional Board adopted the Management Plan for Goats Peak Regional Park.  The plan will help guide the Regional District over 20 years as it develops and manages the 52-hectare waterfront Regional Park in West Kelowna while preserving the area's significant ecosystem and cultural values while providing opportunities for passive recreation, interpretation and connections to surrounding parks, linear trails and communities.

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Johns Family Nature Conservancy Regional Park Management Plan

In October 2014, following a nine month public and stakeholder consultation process, the Regional Board adopted the Management Plan for Johns Family Nature Conservancy Regional Park.  The plan will help guide the Regional District over ten years as it develops and manages the 406-hectare Regional Park while preserving the area along the south slopes as a nature conservancy in keeping with the wishes of the estate of Nancy and Alfred Johns, who bequeathed 324-hectares of land to the Central Okanagan Land Trust (COLT).  These lands have been leased to the Regional District to manage through a partnership with COLT.

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Woodhaven Nature Conservancy Regional Park Management Plan

In February 2017 after a year long public and stakeholder consultation process, the Regional Board has adopted a Management Plan for Woodhaven Nature Conservancy Regional Park.  The 20 year plan will help guide development of the 29.8-hectare Regional Park properties has four unique ecological areas, several species at risk including the Western Screech Owl and the Eco Culture Centre in partnership with the UBC Okanagan Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.  The plan is designed to respect and protect the cultural, conservation and heritage values of the original 8.7-hectare park with outdoor education opportunities and future recreational connections to the Bellevue Creek Greenway and Canyon Falls Park.  The management plan is consistent with the proposed 2017 – 2021 Financial Plan and any financial projects will be subject to Regional Board approval.

Kelowna and Area Mountain Bike Strategy

The City of Kelowna and Regional District developed a mountain bike strategy to improve delivery and management of the recreational sport.  The Regional Board received the strategy report during the fall of 2008.  Follow the link for more information on the Kelowna and Area Mountain Bike Strategy.

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Mission Creek Restoration Initiative

This is a project initiative involving a working group made up of partners (RDCO, MFLNRO, City of Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, Central Okanagan Land Trust, Friends of Mission Creek, Okanagan Nation Alliance, Ministry of Agriculture) to restore Mission Creek. 

In 2013, the Regional District partnered with the Mission Creek Restoration Initiative to acquire property and a Statutory Right of Way along the south side of the creek near Casorso Road to complete the Mission Creek Greenway loop.  View News Release and Map.

To learn more about this project and its partners visit the Mission Creek Restoration Initiative website http://www.missioncreek.ca/

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Major Lakes Recreation Marine Facilities Study

The Regional District has contracted the team of GHD Solutions, JF Group and Summit Environmental for a consulting services contract for preparation of a Recreation Marine Facilities Study of the three major lakes in the Central Okanagan.

The Regional Board has received a detailed final report from the consulting team that has been studying recreational marine facilities on Okanagan, Kalamalka and Wood lakes within the Central Okanagan.

The study was developed through extensive public and stakeholder consultation and research.  The final report makes a number of recommendations regarding present and future amenities for the boating and marine community in the Central Okanagan. 

The Board has recommended that the final report be sent to member municipalities for their consideration and response in light of possible financial implications.

Report Links:

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Gerstmar Park Conceptual Plan

In a joint project involving the Regional District of Central Okanagan and the City of Kelowna, Outland Design Landscape Architecture was contracted to develop a conceptual park plan for the property located at the end of Gerstmar Road near Mission Creek.  The conceptual plan was developed to aid the City and Regional District with budgetary planning so that the park could be developed in the future, as funds become available.

Outland Design held two open public consultation meetings at the EECO (Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan) in Mission Creek Regional Park, completed a mail out questionnaire to residents in the area and met with stakeholder groups in the area, compiling the data into one final conceptual plan.  The final product presents an overview for the site including open space, natural parkland, turf areas, children's playground, washroom facility and public parking.  Link to Concept Plan.

Urban Forest Health Strategy

At its meeting in March 2007, the Regional Board received an Urban Forest Health Strategy report prepared by B. A. Blackwell and Associates.  The document identifies potential threats to the forested areas of the Regional Park system and recommends actions to reduce the impact, deal with the removal of wood waste materials and try to improve the overall health of the urban forest.  Link to Urban Forest Health Strategy (5 MB, 181 pages).

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2005 Projects

Each year new projects are planned and developed in Regional Parks.  Mission Creek Greenway Phase 2, Scenic Canyon Regional Park and Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park each provide park visitors with unique Okanagan experiences.

Watch for public open houses and events in the Calendar of Events.

Mission Creek Greenway Phase 2 and Scenic Canyon Regional Park

These two parks were opened as part of the City of Kelowna Centennial Celebration on May 1st.  Link to Photos of the Grand Opening.

Phase 2 of the Greenway adds another 9 three new bridges, lush areas of cedar, a wetland boardwalk, breathtaking viewpoints and stunning geology such as Layer Cake Mountain, Pinnacle Rock and several hoodoos.  Special thanks go to the Friends of Mission Creek for their years of dedication in making this recreational corridor happen.

Follow this link to visit the Friends website.

Phase 1 Map     Phase 2 Map

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Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park

The Nut Farm celebrated 100 years of operation during  the 2005 fall harvest, which was also marked with the grand opening on September 17th.  This park is 9.88 acres and provides visitors with the opportunity to experience heritage Buildings, a working nut orchard and public access to the lake. 

Special thanks go to the Gellatly Nut Farm Society for its contributions to the purchase and development of the park. 

Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park Concept Plan
Gellatly Nut Farm Development Plan

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Other park master plans such as Mission Creek Regional Park and Scenic Canyon Regional Park are also available by contacting the Regional Parks Office.

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