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  • Kelowna hosts Axel Merckx Youth Cycling Series
    Friday, Aug. 29 to Sunday, Aug. 31

    The City of Kelowna will host the Axel Merckx Youth Development Foundation’s premiere youth cycling event Friday, Aug. 29 to Sunday, Aug. 31.

    This event allows the region’s promising 11- to 18-year-old cyclists to race under a structured learning environment, while competing directly with their peers. World-renowned cycling champion Axel Merckx and his team of coaches will run a collection of learn-to-race cycling events including coaching seminars, athlete development lectures and age-group category races.

    “I would like to help Canada’s youth pursue their dreams in the sport of cycling and this new partnership with Cycling BC and the Canadian Cycling Association will help achieve this goal.” says Merckx.

    No racing experience is necessary for participants, who will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best cycling coaches in the area, win great prizing and meet other kids developing their cycling skills from around BC.

    To maintain a safe race course for the young athletes, road closures and occasional traffic delays will be in effect in the Southeast Kelowna area on Aug. 29 and 31 and in the area surrounding the Kelowna Curling Club on Saturday, Aug. 30.

    Access to homes and businesses in the area will be maintained and volunteer traffic flaggers will be stationed at intersections and other junction points along the routes to direct athletes and traffic. Motorists are asked to reduce their speeds through race areas, obey flaggers and watch for cyclists on the race courses.

    The Axel Merckx Youth Cycling Series is organized entirely by volunteers, and motorists’ cooperation and patience is appreciated throughout the event weekend.

    To find out more information about this event or to register, visit amydf.org.

  • Stay cool at the Parkinson Recreation Centre pool
    Public Service Announcement

    The Parkinson Recreation Centre’s aquatic area will no longer require a temporary closure as originally scheduled for Sept. 2 to 6. The centre’s annual general maintenance will still happen and some amenities including the men’s pool change room will be closed during that time, but the pool will remain open.

    The public is encouraged to come out and enjoy the 25-metre swimming pool, children’s pool, hot tub and steam room. Plus for a few hours each day the lifeguards will open the slide, rope swing, turn on the spray feature and more.

    Current members at H20 Adventure + Fitness Centre and the Kelowna Family Y are invited to use the pool at the Parkinson Recreation Centre during the maintenance closures scheduled at those facilities. Members will be required to show their valid membership card before gaining access to the Parkinson Recreation Centre’s pool.

    For more information, contact the Parkinson Recreation Centre at 250-469-8800 or visit kelowna.ca/recreation.

  • Coming soon: Grand finale for Dancing in the Park
    Public Service Announcement

    The City of Kelowna’s annual Dancing in the Park program has been getting hearts’ pumping all summer long and soon it’ll be time to wrap up the season.

    Be sure to mark your calendars because there are still three great dance events left. The free, fun event is held at Stuart Park on Water Street from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and is suitable for all ages and experiences.

    It’s time to break out the cowboy hat and boots because tomorrow western style of Line Dancing and Two-Stepping will make an appearance.

    Waltz and tango the evening away with ballroom dancing on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Don’t worry about your two left feet or stepping on your partner’s toes – our qualified dance instructor will have you fox trotting in no time.

    Missed us this summer, or just looking to review your newly learned dance moves? Join our grooving instructors for a grand finale dance party on Aug. 27 for a little bit of everything.

    The City encourages Dancing in the Park participants to go green; use active transportation such as walking or cycling and bring your own reusable water bottle.

    For more information about Dancing in the Park, visit kelowna.ca/recreation or join our event on Facebook at facebook.com/cityofkelowna.



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  • Share your input on Strong Neighbourhoods
    Public Service Announcement

    Resilient cities are made up of strong neighbourhoods. The City of Kelowna wants to hear from residents about how attached they are to their neighbourhood and what make them a great place in which to live.

    A survey is available online at getinvolved.kelowna.ca until it closes Monday, Sept. 1. Copies are available at City Hall or the Active, Living & Culture Office on Glenmore Road and Mountain Avenue, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or drop by over the weekend at Parkinson Recreation Centre.

    Results of feedback will help the City’s Active Living & Culture Division develop pilot programs beginning next year that fosters citizen involvement and enriches their sense of connection to their neighbourhood.

    Stay informed and visit kelowna.ca and sign up for e-Subscribe under Strong Neighbourhoods.

  • Kelowna hosts Axel Merckx Youth Cycling Series
    Friday, Aug. 29 to Sunday, Aug. 31

    The City of Kelowna will host the Axel Merckx Youth Development Foundation’s premiere youth cycling event Friday, Aug. 29 to Sunday, Aug. 31.

    This event allows the region’s promising 11- to 18-year-old cyclists to race under a structured learning environment, while competing directly with their peers. World-renowned cycling champion Axel Merckx and his team of coaches will run a collection of learn-to-race cycling events including coaching seminars, athlete development lectures and age-group category races.

    “I would like to help Canada’s youth pursue their dreams in the sport of cycling and this new partnership with Cycling BC and the Canadian Cycling Association will help achieve this goal.” says Merckx.

    No racing experience is necessary for participants, who will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best cycling coaches in the area, win great prizing and meet other kids developing their cycling skills from around BC.

    To maintain a safe race course for the young athletes, road closures and occasional traffic delays will be in effect in the Southeast Kelowna area on Aug. 29 and 31 and in the area surrounding the Kelowna Curling Club on Saturday, Aug. 30.

    Access to homes and businesses in the area will be maintained and volunteer traffic flaggers will be stationed at intersections and other junction points along the routes to direct athletes and traffic. Motorists are asked to reduce their speeds through race areas, obey flaggers and watch for cyclists on the race courses.

    The Axel Merckx Youth Cycling Series is organized entirely by volunteers, and motorists’ cooperation and patience is appreciated throughout the event weekend.

    To find out more information about this event or to register, visit amydf.org.

  • Knox Mountain Drive and Dilworth Mountain Park reopen
    Report smoke or fire in any park by calling *5-5-5-5

    Knox Mountain Drive, up to the first lookout, is now open to vehicles. The upper portion of Knox Mountain Drive will remain closed to vehicles until it is re-evaluated for fire risk next week.

    Dilworth Mountain Park is also reopen for public use. The road and park were closed earlier this month as the result of an extremely high fire hazard.

    “The rain and cooler weather may not appeal to everyone, but we can all agree that our parks and natural areas needed it,” said Andrew Hunsberger, Urban Forest Health Technician. “Even though the risk of fire has decreased, we do still ask that park visitors continue to use caution while in the parks.”

    While the provincial campfire ban has been lifted, residents and visitors are reminded that smoking is still prohibited in all natural areas.

    Park users and park neighbours are asked to be vigilant. Anyone noticing smoke or fire in any park should immediately call *5-5-5-5, the BC Wildfire Management Branch or 9-1-1 to speak to the fire department.

    For more information on City parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.