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  • Warm weather closes Stuart Park rink
    Public Service Announcement

    The skating rink at Stuart Park will close for the season at 11 a.m. today.

    “With warmer daytime temperatures and sunny days we have experienced several afternoon closures since February 18,” said  Steve Fagan, Arenas and Stadiums Supervisor. “Skater safety is a priority and the ice has become too thin to continue.”

    Arena staff will begin cutting down the ice surface this afternoon in preparation for removal on Wednesday.

    Those looking to skate can continue by visiting other indoor skating facilities, including Memorial Arena, Rutland Arena and the Capital News Centre during public skating times.

    For more information about Active Living and Culture programs and facilities, including public skating times, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.

  • Respect the sports fields closure
    Public Service Announcement

    The City of Kelowna would like to remind residents that the City’s sports fields are still closed, despite the warm weather and sunny skies.

    The grass needs to be actively growing and the fields need to dry out to ensure the best quality turf for players during the spring season. The fields are scheduled to open April 7, weather permitting.

    For those searching for a place to play, there are four practice fields available in addition to the artificial turf sports field at Mission Recreation Park.

    • Walrod Park
    • Johnson Park
    • Practice area at Mission Recreation Park (area with goal on left off Gordon Dr. and Lexington Dr.)
    • Practice field at Parkinson Recreation Park

    Teams still need to book the space through the City.

    Park washrooms and water services will open on April 1.

    For more information about Active Living and Culture programs and facilities, including booking fields, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.

  • Enjoy the ice time at Stuart Park
    Check the web cam before heading out

    Skating season is coming to a close at Stuart Park’s outdoor rink. Rising temperatures and sunny skies in the forecast indicate the outdoor rink could be closing over the next week. Until then, the rink will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., ice maintenance and weather permitting.

    “Crews have been doing their best to maintain the ice, but the warm weather makes it a challenge,” said Steve Fagan, Arenas and Stadiums Supervisor. “There’s no set closure date for the rink as we’re trying to keep it open for as long as possible, but I anticipate this will be the earliest closure in the past four years.”

    Residents are encouraged to check rink conditions before heading out, visit kelowna.ca/recreation to view the still-image web cam. If the rink is closed, a yellow caution sign will be visible in the middle of the rink.

    Skate rentals are available daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. until the end of skating season. The public is required to abide by the rink regulations as posted on surrounding signs and encouraged to wear helmets.

    For more information about Active Living and Culture programs and facilities, including public skating times at other ice rinks, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.



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  • Expect delays Friday at the Cook Road Boat launch
    Public Service Announcement

    Between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday May 22 delays are to be expected at the Cook Road Boat launch while paving is completed on Lakeshore Road, this timeline has been revised from the previous schedule.

    The boat launch remains open, but boaters may be asked to wait until the new pavement can accommodate boat trailer traffic.

    There are a number of other boat launches that the public may consider using during this time including:

    • Water Street – 1354 Water Street
    • Queensway – 238 Queensway
    • Sutherland – 700 Ellis Street
    • Cedar Creek  Park – 5200 Lakeshore Road (non-motorized watercraft)

  • Prizes for commuters during Bike to Work Week
    Cyclists across the Central Okanagan are gearing up for smartTRIPS Bike to Work and School Week

    Cyclists across the Central Okanagan are gearing up for smartTRIPS Bike to Work and School Week, May 25 to 31.

    The week-long event encourages cyclists of all levels to give commuter cycling a try. smartTRIPS will be rewarding those who roll out on two wheels with fantastic prizes, including daily bike draws, gift certificates to local businesses and the chance to win a cycling vacation in Europe.

    Daily Celebration Stations will provide extra motivation, with free refreshments from local sponsors, complimentary bike tune-ups from local bike shops and socializing. The Bean Scene/Fresh Air Bike to Work Week kick-off station will be at the Landmark Centre (1632 Dickson Ave.) from 6:30 to 8:45 a.m. Monday, May 25. At 8 a.m. Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and other officials will officially launch Bike to Work Week in the Central Okanagan at the event.

    "Bike to Work Week is a celebration of cycling acknowledging those who already cycle regularly and encouraging others to give it a try in a fun and supportive environment," said Mike Kittmer, Active Transportation Co-ordinator. “Bike and Walk to School Week encourages youth and their families ride or walk together while providing schools with an opportunity to show their support of healthy, active living.”

    For 2015’s event, there are more celebration stations than ever, including:

    • Monday, May 25 from 6:30 to 8:45 a.m.  at Landmark Centre, 1632 Dickson Ave. at base of Dayton Street overpass
    • Tuesday, May 26 from 6:30 to 8:45 a.m.  at Grace Baptist Church, 1150 Glenmore Dr.
    • Wednesday, May 27 from 6:30 to 8:45 a.m. at Westbank First Nation Office (515 Hwy 97)
    • Thursday, May 28 from 6:30 to 8:45 a.m. – Mission Creek Regional Park, (2363 Springfield Rd)
    • Friday, May 29 from 6:30 to 8:45 a.m. – Mission Park Shopping Centre – Urban Fare – 3155 Lakeshore Rd. and from a second one from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Tree Brewing Institute (1346 Water St).

    Local sponsors are also hosting 10 smaller Satellite stations around Kelowna, Peachland, Lake Country and West Kelowna. Check out the full schedule here.

    "We have a fantastic group of sponsors and partners that support the program every year," said Kittmer. "It's great to be part of a program like this that brings our community together."

    So far, 1,896 cyclists have registered, joining 236 Bike to Work Week teams in the Central Okanagan. Those still wanting to register can do so here.

    Interested participants can visit smartTRIPS.ca/events or email [email protected] for more information or to help plan their route to work or school.

  • Memorial Parkade public information session
    Public is invited to an information session to view the design and construction timelines for the new Memorial Parkade

    The public is invited to an information session to view the design and construction timelines for the new downtown Memorial Parkade and traffic management downtown.

    When: Thursday May 28, 3:30 – 6 p.m.

    Where: City Hall lawn, Queensway entrance

    City of Kelowna staff will be on hand to speak about the project as well as changes expected to short-term parking and monthly parking pass holders at the current Memorial surface lot and the Library Parkade, given the significant investment and construction already happening in the downtown. The new parkade will include 566 stalls plus office space.

    Construction is scheduled to begin Fall 2015 and completion is anticipated by Fall 2016.

    For more information about this project, visit www.kelowna.ca/cityprojects.