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  • Family Day hours of operation and family events
    Public Service Announcement

    To mark Family Day, City Hall will be closed Monday, Feb. 10, but you can still enjoy some family events at select facilities.    

    Grab your passport to fun from the Capital News Centre and enjoy some family time this holiday Monday. Swimming, skating, curling, Park & Play and so much more will be available throughout the day at the Parkinson Recreation Centre and the Capital news Centre.

    For some added fun, have your BC Family Day Passport stamped by the various exhibitors and you will be entered to win some great prizes. For information on what activities are taking place at each location, visit

    Parkinson Recreation Centre will be open Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Glenmore Landfill will be open its regular hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

    For general information about the City and its services, please visit

  • Last call for nominations
    Public Service Annoucement

    The deadline to submit nominations for the 39th Annual City of Kelowna Civic and Community Awards is fast approaching.

    Know an outstanding Kelowna citizen, volunteer, athlete, artist or business? Nominate them today. The awards honour individuals and organizations for outstanding contributions and achievements in 2013 that directly benefitted the Kelowna community.

    The Civic & Community Awards is the City's premier awards event dedicated to recognizing volunteers, artists, athletes and business leaders through nine categories and 13 awards including:

    • Bob Giordano Memorial Award
    • Bryan Couling Memorial - Athletic Team of the Year
    • Male & Female Athlete of the Year
    • Young Male & Female Volunteer of the Year
    • Teen Honour in the Arts
    • Honour in the Arts
    • Corporate Community of the Year (small/medium and large)
    • Man & Woman of the Year
    • Central Okanagan Foundation Volunteer Organization of the Year
    • Champion of the Environment (individual and business)

    Nominations will be accepted until noon on Friday, Feb. 14. Nomination forms are available at, City Hall, and the Parkinson Recreation Centre. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Parkinson Recreation Centre (1800 Parkinson Way) to the attention of Amber Gilbert, or submitted online from our website.

    Individuals with questions regarding the nomination form are asked to contact Amber Gilbert at 250-469-8967 or [email protected].

    Finalists and award recipients will be honoured at a Gala Awards Show on Thursday, May 1 at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Tickets are available by calling 250-469-8811.

  • Shake things up with the Winter Activity Guide
    Public Service Announcement

    December is almost here and many residents are busy planning for the holidays, but don’t forget to plan your New Year resolutions for 2014.

    If you want to try something new, or just stay active, take a look at the Winter Activity Guide, online starting Tuesday, Nov. 26. From fitness and cooking classes to sports for adults and kids, the guide has recreational opportunities for everyone, taking place in your neighbourhood. 

    Winter registration dates and times

    December 3: General Programs (7:30 a.m.)

    December 5: Aquatics and First Aid (7:30 a.m.)

    December 6: Leagues (7:30 a.m.)

                         Programs for Persons with a Disability (9:30 a.m.)

    The Winter Activity Guide’s online version now features videos showcasing select programs and activities. Just click on the ‘Play’ button that appears on the photo to see what the activity is all about before you sign up!

    Avoid registration lineups by setting up your online registration account in advance - call 250-469-8800.

    Hard copies of the guide are also available at H20 Adventure + Fitness Centre, Glenmore IGA, Main Library Downtown, Parkinson Recreation Centre, Rutland arena and more locations throughout Kelowna.

    Additional program information and registration is available in person at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, by phone at 250-469-8800 or online at


City of Kelowna - Current News Releases
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  • Gordon & Richter RapidBus Stations Open
    BC Transit Media Advisory

    KELOWNA – Kelowna RapidBus Stations at Gordon Drive and at Richter Street on Highway 97 will officially open for service as of Sunday, April 27, 2014.

    At Gordon Station RapidBus stations are located on each side of the intersection of Highway 97 at Gordon Drive. The stations will serve Capri Centre and integrate with a future frequent bus route on Gordon Drive running between Queensway and the Mission Rec Exchange.

    At Richter Station RapidBus stations will be located on opposite sides of Highway 97 between Ellis and Richter streets. They will provide enhanced transit service for the future Central Green development, and tie into the frequent bus network on Pandosy Street.

    Kelowna RapidBus is a partnership between Transport Canada, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, City of Kelowna, District of West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation and BC Transit. In total, the project will receive up to $46 million from federal, provincial and local partners. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $10.9 million from the Building Canada Fund and another $6 million from the Gas Tax Fund. The Government of British Columbia will provide $23.9 million, the City of Kelowna $5.2 million and District of West Kelowna is contributing land.

    To learn more about this exciting project, visit

    *Annual service changes related to post-secondary institutions are also in effect as of April 27, 2014. This includes reductions in service to the #1 Lakeshore, #6 Glenmore/UBCO Express, #8 University, #11 Rutland, #13 Quail Ridge and #97 RapidBus. Service hours will be restored in September 2014.

    For more information on the Kelowna Regional Transit system please consult  or call 250.860.8121.

  • Have your say about how to keep our air clean
    Seeking input on air quality April 23 to May 6

    There’s something fresh in the wind today as regional partners make plans to develop a 2014 Clean Air Strategy with residents’ input.

    While the vision statement is clear – have clean and healthy air for current and future generations – implementing that vision is hard work.

    From April 23 to May 6, Regional Services is looking for input on how residents want to see the government take action to protect air quality. Residents are being asked to share their ideas, comments and interact online.

    “This work builds on the existing regional air quality program and will help protect and improve our region’s air through policy and actions, community awareness initiatives and pollution prevention programs,” said Jerry Dombowsky, Regional Programs Manager for Regional Services.

    The idea is to build on existing active transportation efforts to encourage walking, biking and using transit to reduce vehicle use and solo car trips. That encouragement extends to support for green buildings and green industry initiatives – all toward the project’s focus on the big picture: what can we do to reduce air pollutants and greenhouse gases to improve air quality for everyone?

    Overall, the Clean Air Strategy has three goals: protect the health of citizens and the environment, keep our views clear of smog, and minimize our impact on climate change.

    Local governments working toward a plan include the Regional District of Central Okanagan, District of Peachland, City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, Westbank First Nation and the District of West Kelowna.

    Visit to find out more about our region’s air quality, comment on our plans to keep our air clean, make suggestions, do your part, and WIN PRIZES!

    A final plan will be shared with the public in the fall.

  • Satisfy your soil with OgoGrow and GlenGrow
    Public Service Announcement
    Everything is coming up roses, daisies and tulips. The recent rain might have put a crimp in your outdoor plans, but it's helping to green up Kelowna - and luscious greens start with healthy soil.

    The City of Kelowna uses OgoGrow and GlenGrow to enrich the soil in City-maintained flower beds. OgoGrow and GlenGrow are both locally made compost.

    Since the City established a bylaw regulating the use of cosmetic, non-essential pesticides on residential properties, organic compost has become a gardener's best friend. The compost improves the structure of the soil as it provides nutrition and increases nutrient retention. It also helps to balance pH levels and microbial populations which will reduce plant diseases.

    If pesky weeds are taking over your yard, compost can help with that too. Weeds prefer dry, compacted soil with low fertility. Spread OgoGrow or GlenGrow as a topdressing and soil amendment to grow a dense and healthy lawn.

    The compost is easily mixed in with soil and is suitable for all types of greenery, from potted plants to vegetable and flower gardens.

    OgoGrow is a joint venture between the Cities of Kelowna and Vernon. It is available for purchase at the Glenmore Landfill and most local retail nurseries. GlenGrow is only available at the Glenmore Landfill.

    For more information on satisfying your soil with OgoGrow and GlenGrow, visit