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Central Okanagan Open Burning Season Reminders

There’s just over a month left in the normal open burning season in the Central Okanagan.  With the sudden turnaround in the weather, it’s a good time to remind all residents about the requirements for and alternatives to open burning.

Those with properties greater than one hectare (including agricultural producers) are eligible to burn outdoors, only if they have a permit from their local fire authority* and only after confirming that open burning is allowed on a particular day.  Before lighting any wood debris piles, eligible property owners with a valid permit must call the Outdoor Burning Hotline 1-855-262-2876 or visit www.regionaldistrict.com/airquality to confirm whether burning is allowed as both Air Quality and Venting indices must be good.  It’s recommended that burn piles not be ignited before 10:00 am as proper venting conditions usually exist later in the morning and for more efficient burning use smaller piles with good air ventilation.  All pruning’s, branches and stumps must be dried for a minimum of two years.

Regional District and local fire bylaws normally allow permitted open burning until April 30th although depending on the fire hazard, local fire chiefs may shorten or lengthen the season.

The Regional Air Quality Program encourages everyone to use the alternatives to open burning:

  • Bi-weekly curbside yard waste collection
  • Year-round yard waste disposal for nominal fees at the Glenmore landfill and the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre
  • Mow-Chip Rent-it Rebate program for those with a small volume of wood debris. Visit www.regionaldistrict.com/airquality for program info and an online application form
  • Agricultural Wood Waste Chipping Program – an online application form is available for those with a large volume of wood debris

Central Okanagan residents are reminded to check with their local fire jurisdiction regarding regulations and restrictions regarding campfires, chimineas and other outdoor wood fire burning devices.  Campfires, fire pits and outdoor burning appliances are not allowed at any time within the City of Kelowna.

(March 20, 2019)

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Wilson's Landing Fire Department Recruiting New Members

If you live in the area from Traders Cove to Shelter Cove and would like to help your neighbours the Wilson’s Landing Fire Department would like to hear from you.

A paid-on-call firefighter Recruitment Night is being held Wednesday, April 10th between 6:30 and 8:30 pm at the Station 42 fire hall, 2396 Westside Road North.  Come out and meet your local firefighters, learn more about the department’s new first medical response program and how you can get involved.  Application packages and recruitment information will be available and may also be downloaded from the RDCO website: www.regionaldistrict.com/firerecruit.  

Completed applications can be dropped off Monday evenings between 6:30 and 9:30 at the Wilson’s Landing fire hall or Monday - Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Regional District office, 1450 KLO Road in Kelowna.

Interviews and physical testing of potential candidates will take place this spring.  Training will be provided for successful applicants.

Prospective members must live within eight kilometers of the community fire hall Station 42 at 2396 Westside Road North.  As well, they must be between the ages of 19 and 65 and be in good physical condition.

(March 19, 2019)

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Vegetation Pruning Along The Mission Creek Greenway

Until approximately March 31st, there may be short closures along sections of the Mission Creek Greenway for hazard tree removal, pruning and vegetation maintenance. 

This work is taking place along the trail on the north side of Mission Creek between Lakeshore Road upstream to KLO Road and along the south creekside trail between Lakeshore Road upstream to Casorso Road.

A contractor for the Ministry of the Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, Public Safety and Protection Branch is pruning and removing brush and hazardous trees so that the dike can be visually inspected during periods of highs flows in Mission Creek.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan asks that Greenway users please obey any barricades, signs and flag people and stay out of any closed areas.  You may wish to visit other areas of the Greenway while this work is underway or try out some new trails in any of the 29 other regional parks by visiting www.regionaldistrict.com/pickapark.

For information on the dike vegetation maintenance, please contact the Ministry of the Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations at 250-490-2288.

(March 18, 2019)

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Trail Sections Closed in Mission Creek Regional Park

Short sections of three trails in Mission Creek Regional Park are closed after a slope slide.

For safety of visitors, Regional Parks staff has closed the area of the park at the Cottonwoods Bridge and three trails on the south side of the creek near the spawning channel up into the Sutherland Hills portion of the park. 

Brad Ackerman, Parks Services Operations Manager says “Until slope stability can be assessed, the Regional District urges park users to respect the barricades and trail closed signs.” 

The affected portion of the trails will remain closed until further notice.

No debris has made its way into either the spawning channel or Mission Creek.

Visitors are encouraged to use any of the open trails within the 92-hectare regional park or visit www.regionaldistrict.com/pickapark for information about our 29 other regional parks.

(March 12, 2019)

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Know the Risks, Make a Plan, Get a Kit and Subscribe

Any Central Okanagan resident who’s faced a natural emergency would tell you that it’s easier to cope with the stress of being out of their homes when:

A)   They knew the risks in advance and prepared and practiced a family/business emergency plan.

B)   They prepared family/vehicle ‘Grab and Go’ kits and kept them updated.

C)   They subscribed to receive information updates on the status of an emergency at cordemergency.ca, the Central Okanagan Emergency Program website.

Emergency response requires swift action and there may not be an opportunity to provide much advance notice for an evacuation of an area if the risk to public safety is imminent. First responders may only have minutes to notify residents to gather family and belongings and leave the area as directed. That possibility makes having a prepared Emergency Plan and ‘Grab and Go’ kit even more important.

The best time to prepare for an emergency is when there isn’t one! Residents of the Central Okanagan can find a number of useful links, preparedness information, checklists and videos at cordemergency.ca/beprepared.

Being familiar with important emergency terms in advance can also help remove stress and fear in case of an emergency incident:

Evacuation Alert (be ready and on standby):  Residents need to get ready to leave their homes at a moment’s notice, but for now can remain at their home until more information is provided by emergency officials. Gather document, medication and essential items, make a plan for pets and farm animals and consider arrangements for family members who are older, challenged or require special equipment as they may need more time to leave. The alert may be upgraded to an order on short notice.

Evacuation Order (get out):  It is necessary for homes or an area to be evacuated due to imminent risk to safety. Residents must leave their home and property immediately. You will not be able to return home until emergency personnel has deemed it safe to. While the evacuation order is in effect, the area will have controlled and restricted access. Residents can check-in with an Emergency Support Services (ESS) site for immediate living needs (shelter, meals, information).

Evacuation Rescind (safe to come home): It is safe for evacuees to return to their home and area, however, residents may remain on evacuation alert and may need to leave again on short notice if the emergency incident evolves.

Over the coming weeks, the Central Okanagan emergency program social media channels will be providing helpful tips and resources for residents to get prepared. Tune-in for an informative Facebook Live session this Friday, March 8 at 1:30 p.m. to learn more about getting prepared for an emergency. For ongoing emergency information, follow us at Facebook.com/CORDEmergency and on Twitter at @CO_Emerg.

Visit cordemergency.ca for the most up to date information and resources on how to be prepared to keep your family and property safe. On the website you can sign-up for e-updates to have the latest news delivered to your inbox including if there is an emergency activation.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan Emergency Program is coordinated by the Kelowna Fire Department on behalf of the regional district, the cities of Kelowna and West Kelowna, districts of Lake Country and Peachland, Westbank First Nation.

(March 7, 2019)

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Safe Harbour Damage Repairs

The first round of water damage repairs is about to get underway at Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour Regional Park.

Starting Monday, March 11th and lasting approximately two weeks, crews will be making repairs along the Okanagan Lake foreshore and to the parking area.  Both were damaged by the record high water levels in spring 2017 and last year. 

While workers and equipment are in the area, there may be short closures and reduced access to the boat launch in the waterfront regional park along Okanagan Centre Road West in Lake Country.

The Regional District thanks everyone for their cooperation as this work is completed.

It is anticipated additional repairs will be done in June to stabilize the concrete boat launch pads.

Along with the popular boat launch, the park has a courtesy dock for emergency and pedestrian use, a small swimming beach and a viewing/fishing platform.   It’s one of 30 regional parks protecting over 2,000-hectares of land in the Central Okanagan.

(March 6, 2019)

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Boost Your Soil, Save Water

Here’s your chance to cut your garbage in half and save water --and do your yard a big favor this coming gardening season with a new backyard composter and rain barrel. 

“Backyard composting is easy, rewarding, and something the whole family can get involved in!” says Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart with the Regional District Waste Reduction Office. “Imagine the satisfaction of making your own valuable soil enhancer for your garden, all from kitchen scraps and green matter from your yard, material you would otherwise just toss away!”

Stewart adds one third to half of household waste is easily compostable. ‘If you compost and recycle you can be putting as little as one or two grocery bags worth of garbage out for collection a week. That’s far less taxing on our one remaining landfill.  By adding nutrient rich compost to your garden, it’s a super booster for your soil-- more robust fruits and veggies, greener lawn, healthier flowers and shrubs.”

The Regional Waste Reduction Office’s annual sale features backyard composters for $35 (tax included), a big savings from the regular $80 retail price. It’s a pre-order sale only though, with limited supply of 300 available, limit two per household.  The Pre-Order only sale runs March1st through April 30th, with composters ready for pickup in your community in late April and early May in time for gardening season.

Back by popular demand, rain barrels will once again be part of the sale for $78 each, again a big cost savings to the regular $100 retail price. Corinne Jackson, Communications Director for the Okanagan Basin Water Board and its Okanagan WaterWise program says they’re pleased to be partnering with Waste Reduction and expect the rain barrels to go quickly. Only 200 will be available with a limit of two per household.

“Collecting rain water for use in your yard has so many benefits,” Jackson explained.   “Rain water provides soft, fresh, untreated water for your plants.  A rain barrel also helps save you money by limiting the amount of metered tap water you use on your garden.  Plus, collecting rain water limits run-off from yards, helping prevent contaminants from washing into our storm drains and ultimately into local streams and lakes. By diverting some of this run-off into rain barrels you’re helping keep our waters clean for drinking, for fish and everything else that depends on clean water." 

For details on the composter-rain barrel sale, to place your order, view your payment options-including online payment, or simply find out more about how to compost or build your own rain barrel, visit regionaldistrict.com/compostersale or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

(February 27, 2019)

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Yard Waste Collection Returns March 1st

It may not look like gardening season yet, but yard waste collection is back on! Starting Friday, March 1st all residents receiving curbside garbage/recycling collection will also benefit from yard waste pick up every two weeks until the end of December.

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says, “This is a good time to do a post winter check-up of your cart, and make sure any materials that don’t belong and may have landed in there by mistake over the winter months are removed - things like flower pots, garbage, bags of any kind, pet waste, recycling, anything that would compromise the composting process.”

Stewart adds all the yard waste collected curbside is then composted and given new life as a valuable soil enhancer--so it’s important to keep it free of any plastic, garbage or other matter that could contaminate the end product.  Last year alone the program collected just under 15,000 tonnes of yard waste at the curb and turned it into high quality compost instead of it being buried at the landfill.

New to the program this year, yard waste collection will be extended for an additional month, with pick-up until the end of December.   “Residents have been asking for extended yard waste service for many years now, especially in the fall where yard clean up can take time and effort to complete,” says Stewart. “Dependent on the year and the weather, often those leaves don’t  fall until very late in the season, so this will allow for a longer window to get your yard taken care of before winter.”

You’re reminded to put your yard waste out for collection by 7 am on the morning of your regular garbage day. The following items are accepted in your yard waste cart:

  • Leaves, needles
  • Branches, prunings - up to 5 centimetres (2 inches) in diameter & less than one metre (3 feet) in length
  • Wood chips, bark
  • Garden plants
  • Fruit droppings
  • Grass clippings
  • No rocks, sod or soil

Additional 360 litre yard waste carts can be purchased from your municipality. For additional yard waste carts and collection options, contact your municipality or follow the yard waste link at regionaldistrict.com/recycle.

To determine your yard waste collection week, please refer to the Living Greener Calendar  at regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or download the MyWaste app at regionaldistrict.com/mywasteapp.  This free app gives you collection schedule info and a “What goes where” search feature in the palm of your hand!

If you are interested in purchasing the finished compost GlenGrow from the Glenmore landfill please visit Okanagancompost.ca or call 250-469-8868.

(February 26, 2019)

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Tracks Walking Clubs Registration Starts March 1st

Registration begins March 1st, for our free spring ‘Tracks Walking Clubs’This 10-week beginner graduated walking program offers a choice of location on either side of Okanagan Lake: 

  • Each Tuesday morning at 9:00 from April 2nd through June 4th, we travel in and around the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park off Whitworth Road in West Kelowna.

There’s no cost to sign up and members receive a walking journal, walking tips, seminars and motivational tips that keep you moving.  People at a beginner fitness level are encouraged to take part gradually increasing their health, stamina and walking duration to 60 minutes. 

To register, please drop in to the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park  at Springfield and Durnin Roads or email eeco@cord.bc.ca or phone 250-469-6140.

(February 26, 2019)

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Birds of Prey Roost at the EECO

Sharpen your knowledge about Okanagan raptors with our ‘Birds of Prey’ exhibit.

It’s housed inside the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan (EECO) in Mission Creek Regional Park (Springfield and Durnin Roads). 

The display celebrates eagles, falcons, hawks and owls of BC.  You’ll learn about these intelligent birds and understand more about their world and how we all benefit when they thrive and survive.

The EECO is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm until March 10th.  Starting March 14th we will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.

For more information about this or other Regional Park programs please visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parksevents or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.

(updated March 14, 2019)

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No Changes to Curbside Recycling Program

The Regional Waste Reduction Office would like to remind residents on the curbside recycling collection program in the Central Okanagan that there is no change to the program, despite what you may be hearing about fluctuating markets for recyclable material.

What you have been putting in your cart with the blue lid as part of the curbside program for years is still accepted as recycling and is going to viable end markets for processing and recycling. For instance plastics go to Merlin Plastics in Delta and the majority of paper goes to end markets overseas, in the U.S. and in B.C. and can be made into things like egg cartons, boxes and other paper products.

“Residents of the Central Okanagan have been working hard for decades to be good recyclers, and we commend their efforts. Their actions make a difference” says Jodie Foster, Manager of Corporate Communications for the Regional District of Central Okanagan. “We want to assure residents that nothing has changed with the curbside program”.

Foster adds, “With the recycling program, we are contractors to Recycle BC, which since 2014 oversees all recycling in the Province. We collect recyclables on their behalf. We have no indication that recyclables will no longer be accepted from curbside locations. If the program were to ever require widespread changes, you would hear that from Recycle BC and the Regional District directly.”

In a parallel program, multi-family and commercial recycling in the region is handled by commercial hauling companies, however the Regional Waste Reduction Office and the City of Kelowna-owned Glenmore Landfill have been emphasizing the need to continue to divert recyclables. There is a list of mandatory recyclables banned from the Glenmore Landfill including cardboard, paper, newspaper, tin, aluminum and plastic containers. The program has shown a reduction in recyclables going to the landfill by 20 per cent since the program started in 2011.

Foster says, “In light of recent reports in the community that some companies have reduced recycling services at multi-family buildings, we’ll be increasing our monitoring and fines for mandatory recyclables to make sure they are not being taken to the landfill for burial. Multi-family residents should check with their haulers to make sure they know what is happening with their recyclables. The option for residents to drop off materials to the depots is also still in place so no matter what, recyclables shouldn’t be going into the garbage”. 

For more information on the curbside program, locations of depots and what you can recycle, go to www.regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or download the free easy to use MyWaste App from iTunes or Google Play.

For a current list of the mandatory recyclables at the Glenmore Landfill that are subject to a $150/mT surcharge if mixed with other material headed for burial, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle.

(February 25, 2019)

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We're Rolling and Strolling - Join Us!

Our free, weekly winter walking club for moms and caregivers with babies and little ones is rolling and strolling!

‘Roll and Stroll’ allows you to spend some time outdoors, casually exploring Mission Creek Regional Park (Springfield and Durnin Roads) with other parents. 

Join us each Thursday morning at 9:30 until March 28th. Participants meet at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan (EECO). Enjoy a leisurely 45 minute walk through the park, before returning to the EECO for refreshments and social time.   Participants are encouraged to use strollers and baby carriers that are suitable for rough terrain and wintery conditions.

The program is free, but registration is required by calling the EECO at 250-469-6140 or email eeco@cord.bc.ca.

For more information about this or other Regional Park programs please visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parksevents or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.

 (February 25, 2019)

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Local Access Only to Mill Creek Regional Park

A large construction project along Spencer Road in the Ellison area means local access only into Mill Creek Regional Park.

With construction of the Mill Creek Drainage Improvement project slated to start Tuesday, February 19th (weather permitting) lasting until approximately mid-April, the 15.3-hectare park is accessible only to residents of two adjacent strata subdivisions.  The Spencer Road main park access will be closed and there is no on-street parking available on Spencer Road during construction.

The Regional District apologizes for any inconvenience and encourages residents to visit any of the 25 other regional parks that are open.  You can find information about regional parks by visiting www.regionaldistrict.com/pickapark.

For more information about regional parks, activities and events contact the EECO at 250-469-6140, email eeco@cord.bc.ca or drop into the Centre at 2363A Springfield Road in Mission Creek Regional Park.

(February 15, 2019)

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Let's Hear Your Financial Priorities

You have several opportunities to share your thoughts on fiscal priorities as the Regional District of Central Okanagan prepares its 2019 – 2023 Financial Plan.

It will be reviewed by the Regional Board at several upcoming meetings.  These sessions will provide you with a chance to share your comments on the priorities of the Financial Plan.

You’re welcome to attend these public meetings on Thursday, February 21st and Thursday, March 14th at 8:30 am in the Woodhaven Boardroom at the RDCO office, 1450 KLO Road in Kelowna.

A final opportunity for public comment and input will be provided during the Regional Board meeting starting at 7:00 pm, Monday, March 25th prior to final consideration and adoption of the 2019 – 2023 Financial Plan.

Visit regionaldistrict.com/budgets for all documents and presentations (as available) for the new Financial Plan.

The Central Okanagan regional district has more than 80 individual services provided and paid for by different combinations of ratepayers in the cities of Kelowna and West Kelowna, the districts of Lake Country and Peachland and the unincorporated electoral areas of Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West.

(February 15, 2019)

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October through December 2018 Program Highlights

The final three months of 2018 were active ones for the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

The fall edition of our Repair Café produced another big turnout of residents supporting the concept of repairing rather than replacing and tossing broken items into the trash.  Several of our parks saw important repairs and two fire departments received tremendous response from their communities to Christmas season food drives.

These are just a few of the video highlights of our regional programs and services from October through December 2018.

 

(January 29, 2019)

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Regional District Initiatives and Highlights Featured

If you own a dog, hike in a regional park, recycle or want to build, renovate or run a business in the electoral areas, then you’ve most likely heard of the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

Everything about what the Regional District does is showcased in its yearly report.

The 2018 Annual Review features the initiatives planned for this year and highlights the accomplishments made during 2018.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says the Annual Review is an excellent overview of the wide variety of programs and services that the Regional District delivers as a local government in the Central Okanagan.

“It outlines almost everything that we do for people living in the Central Okanagan.  While we’re the local government for residents in the unincorporated Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West electoral areas” Smith adds “we provide services such as Dog Control, Recycling, Regional Parks and the Regional Emergency Program to those living in the cities of Kelowna and West Kelowna and the districts of Lake Country and Peachland.  We also provide a number of specific services through agreements with Westbank First Nation.”

Among the 2019 initiatives outlined in the Annual Review:

  • Opening the first trails and amenities in Black Mountain / sntsk‘il’ntən and Goats Peak regional parks.
  • Working to coordinate and establish a Business Watch program with the Greater Westside Board of Trade membership.
  • Finalize a comprehensive review and bylaw amendments for secondary suites in the electoral areas.
  • Create a 2020-2025 Economic Development Strategic Plan.
  • Undertake flood damage repairs in several regional and community parks.

The 2018 Annual Review is available online at regionaldistrict.com or printed copies are available at the Regional District office, 1450 KLO Road in Kelowna.

(January 29, 2019)

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Get Cash Back for Upgrading Old Wood Burning Appliances

Everyone likes breathing fresh, clean air and saving money!

We’ve got a way that can help do both, especially if you’re considering upgrading your old wood burning appliance.

Thanks to the BC Government, the Regional District of Central Okanagan Air Quality Program has cash rebates available for residents who upgrade their old wood stove to a cleaner burning model.

You can receive a $400 rebate for replacing an uncertified wood stove with cleaner appliances such as new pellet stove, an electric heat pump or a gas or propane stove. 

Or a $250 rebate’s available for residents who replace and recycle their old wood burning appliance with a new EPA/CSA B415.1 certified wood replacement.   

Participating Central Okanagan retailers will take care of recycling your old stove and provide all the necessary paperwork for the applicable rebate.

Regional Air Quality Coordinator Nancy Mora Castro says “Since the Woodstove Exchange Program has been around in the Central Okanagan, we’ve recycled 723 old smoke emitters and provided over $180,000 in rebates.  However, the Province estimates there are still more than 11,000 uncertified appliances in use in this region. These local sources have a great impact on our local air quality.  By replacing these old, inefficient, wood burners with newer cleaner burning technology appliances we’ve reduced smoke polluting emissions by up to 90%.  Newer unit’s burn much more efficiently and that helps your woodpile last longer.”

Additional incentives may be available, so be sure to check with your local retailer or Fortis BC for more information.  To take part in the program, visit one of the participating Central Okanagan retailers or contact the Regional Air Quality Program for more information airquality@kelowna.ca or 250-469-8408. 

Useful information and video links on how to burn smarter and get the most from your wood heating appliance can be found at regionaldistrict.com/airquality.

(January 23, 2019)

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More Hours, More Access for Regional Parks

Residents will be able to enjoy their regional parks in the Central Okanagan more this year.

That’s one of the benefits of the new Regional Parks Regulation Bylaw which provides additional hours of access and operation for regional parks.  Visitors will enjoy another hour of access each evening during the spring and fall months and two additional hours on summer nights.  Other updates see vaping added to the ban on all smoking within regional parks and a new opportunity to permit First Nations ceremonial, cultural and social purposes.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “Regional Parks have become a popular destination for residents and visitors during the summer months. In order to ensure that park visitors continue to experience high quality services and park experiences, some new reservation regulations are in place designed to provide equal opportunities for everyone to enjoy the natural beauty and amenities in our Regional Parks.”

There are now three categories of reservations available:

  • Special Events a new application form ensures that parking and washroom facilities are provided for participants at events for up to 500 people.
  • Weddings permitted at Bertram Creek and Kopje Regional Parks during April, May, September and October for up to 75 guests over a 4-hour period.  With limited parking, wedding bookings are no longer available at Gellatly Nut Farm and Kaloya regional parks.
  • Picnic Shelter reservations are available at many of our Regional Parks for up to 25 guests over a two-hour period.

Along with these changes to Regional Parks reservations is a new table of fees including a new booking fee for school programs.  

Anyone considering a park/facility booking should contact Visitor Services at 250-469-6140 for specific details or visit www.regionaldistrict.com/parkbooking.

The Regional District has 30 Regional Parks and 20 community parks protecting over 2,100 hectares of land across the Central Okanagan.

For more information please visit our website at www.regionaldistrict.com/parks or email parks@cord.bc.ca or call Regional Parks Services at 250-469-6232.

(January 11, 2019)

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Story Time at the EECO Is Back

Tuesday mornings are ‘Story Time at the EECO’.  The free, weekly one-hour drop-in program for children aged three to five and their care-givers returns for the winter months.

The younger ones love the nature-themed stories and songs followed by an art or craft project. The program is an excellent way for preschoolers to interact with others while learning more about the natural world. 

‘Story Time at the EECO’ runs each Tuesday morning at 10:30 through March 12th.  It resumes April 2nd and continues until May 14th.  

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.

(January 6, 2019)

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July through September Program Highlights

The first weeks of the third quarter of the year was dominated by responses to what became known as the Okanagan Complex wildfires, forcing hundreds of residents from their homes.  As the summer advanced, so too did the programs offered by the Regional District.

We saw a regional park severely damaged by flooding in the spring of 2017, repaired and opened again for visitors.  And we saw work on creating the first trail in the region's largest park get underway, thanks to many volunteers.

We hope you enjoy some of  the highlights of our regional programs and services from July through September 2018. 


(October 11, 2018)

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Video Highlights January - June Programs and Services

The first six months of this year has been a busy one across all areas of the Regional District organization.   Check out this video update highlighting various service and program accomplishments from January through the end of June.  Among them, initiatives involving two RDCO fire departments, a new Air Quality program, several programs and staff awards and some major Capital projects.  The video can be viewed on the RDCO YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/user/regionaldistrict

(August 28, 2018)

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Washouts Close Section of the Mission Creek Greenway

At least two washout slides have forced the closure of a section of the Mission Creek Greenway.

The Pinnacle Trail loop past the KLO Creek Bridge, the Black Bear Trail along Mission Creek and the upper Greenway Trail leading to the Hydraulic Creek trail-end are closed until further notice while staff assesses damage, stability and possible repairs that will be required.  View Map

For safety reasons, the Regional District of Central Okanagan urges Greenway users to respect the barricades and trail closed signs posted at the KLO Creek Bridge (downstream from Field Road entrance).

Regional Parks staff is continuing to monitor creek levels along the entire length of the Mission Creek Greenway recreational corridor. With creeks expected to continue rising due to the recent weather and with spring runoff, people are reminded that water levels may rise unexpectedly and they, children and pets should stay safely back from creek banks, which may be slippery or subject to erosion from the spring runoff.

Boaters and those using Okanagan Lake boat launches are advised to watch for floating debris that may enter the lake as a result of the runoff.

(April 17, 2018)

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Document Download Problems? 

Recently the Regional District has become aware of periodic problems regarding the inability of some users of our website to open Adobe PDF documents that had been previously accessible.  They've received an error notice saying that the document they were trying to open is not available. 

We understand that the problem has been caused by a recent Microsoft Internet Explorer Security update.  This update on the user's computer has broken the ability of the Adobe Acrobat Reader program to open and access previously downloadable PDF documents in Internet Explorer. 

Should this problem occur on your computer system, please download and install the latest free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.  You can find this by following this link:  http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html or by clicking on the Adobe Reader icon on the bottom right corner on each page of our website. 

We thank you for your patience and appreciate your continued support of the Regional District of Central Okanagan website. 

For information or queries about our website please contact:  webmaster@cord.bc.ca 

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