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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

  • 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

  • Spring into action with Active Living and Culture activities
    Public Service Announcement

    The City of Kelowna’s Active Living and Culture division is ready to help you spring into action. Break out of winter hibernation by signing up for your favourite activity or exploring something new, like a spin class, oil painting or cooking. The Spring Activity and Program Guide will be available online on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

    There’s a variety of spring break camps that will keep the kids active and having fun. Active Living and Culture runs full day and partial day camps that offer something for all interests.

    Registration for spring programs begins Tuesday, March 3.

    Spring registration dates and times include:

    March 3: General Programs (7:30 a.m.)
    March 5: Aquatics and First Aid (7:30 a.m.)
    March 6: Leagues (7:30 a.m.)
    Programs for Persons with a Disability (9:30 a.m.)

    Set up your online registration account in advance so you can avoid the registration lineups and register from home. Call 250-469-8800 to get your account PIN and client barcode.

    Hard copies of the guide will be available at H2O Adventure & Fitness Centre, Glenmore IGA, Main Library Downtown, Parkinson Recreation Centre and Rutland Arena on Wednesday, Feb.  25.

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

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  • Kasugai Gardens opens Sunday for the season
    Public Service Announcement

    Kasugai Gardens will open Sunday, March 1 for the season. The gardens will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Victoria Day weekend.

    Throughout the summer months the gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to  8 p.m. until Labour Day weekend.

    Kasugai Gardens provides a tranquil environment featuring traditional elements of a Japanese garden such as stone lanterns, pine trees, a waterfall and a pond. The gardens were completed in 1987 to symbolize the friendship between Kelowna and Kasugai, Japan, sister cities since 1981. Throughout its open season, the gardens are enjoyed by tourists and residents.

    For more information about city parks and public spaces, visit

  • Partners remain committed to Okanagan Rail Corridor
    Funding alternatives will be considered

    With more than 10 per cent of Lake Country residents registering their opposition to borrowing for acquisition of the Okanagan Rail Corridor through the recent Alternative Approval Process, funding partners will go back to their respective Councils and Boards to reconsider their options.

    “We are obviously disappointed about the outcome of the process,” said District of Lake Country  Mayor James Baker. “We will need to consider our options but remain committed to acquisition of the corridor with our partners.”

    The funding allocation among jurisdictions represents the property value of the lands being acquired by each partner and falls within the jurisdictions of Kelowna, Lake Country and Regional District of the North Okanagan, so funding options are up to those jurisdictions.

    “Government partners will need to determine what this outcome means for the negotiated sales and purchase agreement with CN,” said City of Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran. “We are still hopeful that Lake Country can find a viable alternative for funding their portion or that CN would be open to an extension that would allow time for a solution to be found.”

    While the original asking price of the corridor was $50 million, the negotiated cost of the corridor is a combination of $22 million in monetary consideration and land donation for which the City of Kelowna will issue a charitable donation receipt.

    The District of Lake Country had proposed to borrow up to $2.6 million to fund the 50 per cent purchase of the corridor within its jurisdiction. Given the regional benefits of public ownership, the City of Kelowna agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding that would see Kelowna acquire a 50 per cent interest in the land within Lake Country boundaries on a temporary basis to abate the immediate cost for Lake Country residents and protect the agreement with CN.

    The City of Kelowna’s estimated share of $7.6 million will be funded from reserves and interim financing with no additional tax increase to residents.

    Regional District of the North Okanagan will fund its estimated share of $1.9 million from reserves with no tax increase.

    The municipalities of Kelowna, Lake Country, Coldstream and Vernon, as well as the regional districts of Central Okanagan and North Okanagan, have jointly identified the value the rail line could have as a continuous multi-modal transportation corridor connecting all the communities.

    Refer to for the most up-to-date information.

  • Council Highlights
    Feb. 23, 2015

    Strong Neighbourhoods project

    Council received an update on first phase of the Strong Neighbourhoods project, which involved the research of best practices, community engagement and analysis of feedback to inform pilot projects. Inspiring neighbourhoods that foster a culture of connection and engagement is a catalyst in increasing level of attachment. Pilot projects are being developed to enable residents to take action, building on Kelowna neighbourhoods as a great place to live, work and play.


    Agricultural Compliance and Enforcement Strategy

    Council received an overview from staff on the Agricultural Compliance and Enforcement Strategy, which will assist landowners in understanding the legislative requirements of operating businesses on agricultural lands, as well as assist property and business owners in bringing properties into compliance in a fair and consistent manner.


    International Children’s Games report

    Council received for information a report from the International Children’s Games Legacy Committee about Team Kelowna. Highlights include Team Kelowna as the only team from Western Canada, attendance to six games, participation in 15 different sports and 16 medals won.


    Library Parkade project funding

    Council approved the transfer of funds from the Ellis Street Parkade Project to the Library Parkade Expansion project. The expansion will provide spaces for an additional 197 vehicles, for 668 total number of stalls.